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Two men charged in rape of 16-year-old at off-campus Hopkins frat

Chaz Haggins and Ethan Turner, both of Reisterstown, have been charged in the rape of a 16-year-old at an off-campus fraternity at Johns Hopkins in early November.

Baltimore police have charged two Reisterstown men in the Nov. 2 rape and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl at a Johns Hopkins University off-campus fraternity house, officials said Wednesday.

Chaz Haggins, 20, and Ethan Turner, 19, face several charges, including first- and second-degree rape and conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree rape, police said. The two were arrested and are being held at Baltimore City Detention Center without bail, police said.

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Police said that early Nov. 2, officers responded to a report of a rape in the 2900 block of St. Paul St., the house of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Police said the girl reported that while at a party held at the fraternity, she was raped by at least two unknown individuals in a bathroom. Officials said the two suspects are accused of forcing the victim to perform sexual acts and then raping her.

Matthew Fraling, an attorney for Turner, said, "We stridently maintain our innocence and we anxiously await our day in court."

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Allison Levine, an attorney representing Haggins, called him "an upstanding citizen" and said he voluntarily turned himself in when detectives began investigating him.

"He will continue to cooperate in all ways and continue to maintain his innocence, and we will vehemently defend him and pursue his meritorious defense," Levine said. "As counsel, on behalf of Chaz and his entire family, our thoughts go out to the victim."

Less than a week after the incident, Hopkins banned all social events at fraternities. The ban has since been lifted, with fraternities agreeing "to hold no 'open' parties (at which non-invitees are present) and to use party monitors," Hopkins spokesman Dennis O'Shea said in an email.

The school also suspended Sigma Alpha Epsilon on an interim basis during its investigation, citing underage drinking and other possible violations. According to the documents charging Haggins and Turner, the girl's blood-alcohol level at the time of a rape kit was 0.11 percent.

O'Shea said that neither the girl nor the two suspects are students at the university.

"We are most grateful to Baltimore police and prosecutors for their active, diligent investigation and to our own security officers for providing assistance," said O'Shea. "The victim in this case continues to be in the hearts and minds of our university community."

The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon began an investigation into the assault last month. Brandon Weghorst, spokesman for Sigma Alpha Epsilon's headquarters, said the probe will continue but pointed out that the men charged are not Hopkins students.

Weghorst added that a cease-and-desist order imposed against the chapter last month remains in effect. The order, he said, means that "chapter activity is temporarily suspended pending the outcome of our findings."

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