During the course of the investigation into the death of student Timothy Piazza, Detective David Scicchitano of the State College Police Department was called to testify before the Grand Jury.
Detective Scicchitano testified that law enforcement also uncovered evidence from a number of fraternity members’ cell phones which revealed conversations concerning the purchase of alcohol for Beta fraternity events. Text messages exchanged between various brothers of the fraternity give indication of ongoing hazing in the fraternity.
These messages were released in the grand jury presentment.
MESSAGES INDICATING A RECURRING HAZING PROBLEM:
Detective Scicchitano explained that after a forensic examination of Daniel Casey and Brendan Young's phones, he uncovered additional evidence detailing the planning and organization of Beta's bid acceptance night and the “gauntlet,” according to court documents.
Casey served as the administrative vice president in charge of pledge recruitment, and Young as the executive president of the fraternity. Specifically, on February 4, 2016 (exactly one year before Piazza's bid acceptance night) and on March 20, 2016 through March 31, 2016, Young and Casey engaged in the following text message conversations.
February 3-4, 2016 (When Young served as pledge master and Casey was his assistant pledge master):
Casey: My pledge class loved the obstacle course we thought it was dope
Young: We'll do that. Once we figure where we will have to social, we can figure out the order of the obstacle course.
Casey: Nice sounds good it'll get them fucked up and then they'll go down and have girls there and head to TDX it'll seem lit
Young: What did you guys do for the obstacle course? Floor by floor
Casey: Pull of rouse in PD then run down the hall shotgun go down side steps dizzy bat run to library BP shot then down kitchen steps to basement steps and did wine bag
Young: what was the deal with the beer pong shot?
Casey: Like if you missed a shot you take a shot of rouse? ...I'm not sure I hit it... They just made us drink the cup it was filled with beer ... I say we don't do wine ... And just give them a beer to walk into the social with
Young: We're doing wine
Casey: Okay ...Is it the same set up?
Young: Pretty much plus flip cut at the bottom ... Then it'll transition into the social
March 30-31, 2016:
Casey: My roommate told me that pike does this. During a lineup they introduce everyone from the pledge class the semester before and they run the lineup and that's when the pledge class can start hazing. Thought for next semester since a lot of my pledge class is already involved.
Young: Yeah we can do that next fall with your class and the spring class
Young: Hopefully they aren't soft like this class ... They are really drunk and I want to fuck with them.
Casey: I got you.
Detective Scicchitano testified to forensic evidence harvested from cell phones belonging to both Young and Casey which reveal the planning behind previous "Hell Week" events in 2016.
Regarding the Spring 2016 Rush, police located the following conversations on Young's phone.
April19, 2016 (between Young and Casey):
Young: They arrive at 10 and do all the tasks I told them to do. Then they go back to their dorms to get a bag for the week. When they come back they do a case race and then a lineup. I'll tell you week long plan when you get here tonight.
April 20, 2016 (between Young and Casey):
Young: I took it easy on them this morning
Casey: Was there pledge fitness? And did you play any music ... And yeah last night was shitty
Young: No pledge fitness. I played music though. Fitness would've been too much ...I've never seen anything as bad as last night at this house
Casey: I know it was insane.
Young: We gotta grab a couple dozen eggs for gladiator tonight
April 22, 2016 (between Young and another individual):
Contact Name: Is there anything for the pledges tn?
Young: Beta brew
Contact Name: Hell yeah haha
April 22, 2016 (between Young and Casey):
Casey: How' d it go last night
Young: Not great. It took them a while to drink it. So I lined them up halfway through and then gave them the chance to drink the rest or go through a lineup.
Casey: So they actually did do it
Young: Yea eventually
April 22, 2016 (between Young and another individual):
Young: Where did you get the goldfish for hell week last semester?
Contact Name: Petco or wherever by target can you send a pledge to the 6 it's the last day we would need them
April 23, 2016 (deleted message between Young and another individual):
Contact Name: Have you smacked the pledges yet
Young: Yeah .....
April 23, 2016 (deleted message between Young and Casey):
Casey: Me and Matt are making blood and piss right now ... I'm disappointed in this pledge class
April 25, 2016 (between Young and another individual):
Young: I initiated the pledges on Saturday. They all made it through hell week. Got a lot of positive feedback from the brothers.
Regarding the Fall 2016 bid acceptance, police located the following conversations on Young's phone.
September 14, 2016 (Young to the fraternity Vice President of Risk Management Michael Angelo Schiavone):
Young: We need to get booze for bid acceptance tomorrow
Schiavone: How much do we need
Young: A lot. When are you free tomorrow? ... A pallet and a bunch of handles
Schiavone: I have to leave for home at like 2pm
Young: Can you get there in the morning?
Schiavone: Absolutely. . .
September 15, 2016 Young to pledges Bohan Song, Matthew Fenton, Brian Gelb, Lars Kenyon, Luke Visser, Stephen Disko, Buzz Busby, Casey Funk, Willie Bernlobr, Josh Monckton, CJ Maron, Kyle Pecci, Ned Day, Aidan O'Brian, John Scheldrup, Jax Yochim, Joe Sala, Josh K., Mikey Kresovich, Nick Kubera, Brendan Crowe, Aaron Kravitz, Mike Bonatucci, Greg Rizzo, Gary Dibileo, Shaun McAndrew, Matt Suchanec, Daniel Jerrhian, Derek Bannister:
Young: Good afternoon. This is your pledge master from beta. Please be at the alley in the back of the house by the kitchen doors at 9:17 tonight. Attire is jacket and tie. See you then.
September 15, 2016 (Casey to Young):
Casey: A kid has a test from 10-11 so what should I tell him
Young: To come at 11 ... Right after his test
Young: Would Delie have a bat?
Casey: I thought I saw one in his room otherwise I'll go get one
Young: It's not here can you grab one?
Casey: Yeah you think Walmart will have one
Young: We got it...Found it
September 16, 2016 (Young to Maddie Miller):
Young: Bid acceptance is wild
September 16, 2016 (Collins, first name and association with frat not provide, to Young):
Collins: Shit someone I just met is the sister of your new pledge
Young: Ooh what's the last name?
Collins: Pecci. He's a good guy
Young: He's passed out. Yacked a lot
Collins: Sounds about par for the course
September 16, 2016 (Matt Suchanec, a beta brother and pledge during fall 2016, to Casey):
Suchanec: I'm not gonna paddle but you can hit disko
September 16,2016 (House Manager Braxton Becker to Young):
Becker: MedExpress Urgent Care, TJ MaxxPlaza, 1613 North Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803 ... Tell them last night when it happened it was too late to do anything about, you stopped the bleeding and bandaged it. This morning cleaned it out with hydrogen peroxide and put a small amount of antiseptic and a bandaid on it.
September 16, 2016 (Young to Casey):
Young: 1613 North Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803 ... Tell them last night when it happened it was too late to do anything about, you stopped the bleeding and bandaged it. This morning cleaned it out with hydrogen peroxide and put a small amount of antiseptic and a bandaid on it.
September 16, 2016 (Miller to Young):
Miller: How was bid acceptance?
Young: insane ... Never seen anything like it.
September 17, 2016 (Gary Dibileo, the Beta brother who ran the wine station on February 2, 2017, to Young who was his pledge master fall 2016):
Dibileo: I'm dropping ...I'm sorry I'm never going to be talked to like that
Young: Bad idea ... Talk to me in the morning ... Alcohol creates blurry lines
Dibileo: I promise you I am not drunk enough to make a bad decision. I've been through pledging before and I will never accept being talked to like I was tonight
Young: Don't let one brother's words rattle you ... It's your choice at the end of day. If you can't get over a few words then I can't help you. Good luck.
Dibileo: Sorry about last night. As a junior who already went through pledging I wasn't ok with the way he was talking to me since I never met him before and had no idea he was a brother, especially since all the other brothers I have talked to have been good ass guys to me. Alcohol definitely had a factor and I over reacted.
Regarding Fall 2016 Hell week, police located the following conversations on Young's phone.
November 25, 2016 (Young to Casey):
Young: I'm making a hell week schedule right now. Can I give you a call?
November 27,2016 (Young to Casey):
Young: Did you find a puzzle at your house?
Casey: I'll find one now ... Two 500 piece puzzles
Young: Bring those.
November 28, 2016 (Casey to Torrye, first name and association with frat not provided):
Casey: They're starting the puzzle
November 28, 2016 (Schiavone to Young):
Schiavone: Can I flip handles/cases to pledges for a premium to get some more social money?
November 28, 2016 (Young to Miller):
Young: Beta brew tonight for the pledges
Miller: Sounds spooky ... But oh right I forgot it's hell week nvm
Young: Lineup SZN
November 29, 2016 (Casey to Torrye):
Casey: Beta brew at lO ... Beta brew is over by the way ... We sent the pledges out on a scavenger hunt and they have to be back at midnight
Torrye: Oh wow ... What did they have to get
Casey: Pictures with buildings at Penn state named after betas
November 29, 2016 (Casey to brother Joe Ems):
Casey: I'm in class what's up
Ems: Do we have any hazing events going on tonight
Casey: Pretty sure there's a lineup
November 30, 2016 (Torrye to Casey):
Torrye: When is the line up
Casey: 11 :30
Torrye: Wait how was beta brew
Casey: They actually killed it
Torrye: That's good
Casey: Yes. yes ... Lineup is pushed back to 12:30 but we have to go down there at 11 for a meeting
Torrye: What's the meeting about
Casey: They're playing crab soccer for like an hour
Casey: We're starting the line up now
Torrye: How was your line up
Casey: It was ok ... Just messy
Torrye: No one was crazy?
Casey: Fede some pussy senior
Torrye: He was?
Torrye: Ohh I'm sorry ... What was he doing
Casey: Just being a dick... Like doing too much ... We were setting up
Torrye: Setting what up?
Casey: Like the shep test and the fake branding
Casey: I in charge of administering the shep test
Torrye: What happens first
Casey: Fake branding
November 30, 2016 (Fernandez, first name and association with frat not provided, to Young):
Fernandez: Can we move the line up back so guys can come from the bars?
Fernandez: When will it be pushed back until
Fernandez: Word ...I'm on my way I got this line up no worries.
November 30, 2016 (Young to Schiavone):
Young: Can you buy booze for initiation tomorrow?
Schiavone: Absolutely. What do you need
Young: Champagne, beer, liquor...Like 15 bottles of champagne
Schiavone: The usual? ... And champagne obv? Are we not getting 29 bottles of champagne? Why 15?
Young: All of those fucks don't deserve a bottle to themselves ... Save up for formal
Schiavone: Okay ... How many cases and handles
Young: Up to you.
November 30, 2016 (Young to Miller):
Young: Paddling tonight! ...I've got pledges to paddle
Miller: Sounds lit
December 1, 2016 (Miller to Young):
Miller: Take it out on the pledges
Young: Whip the dick out?
Miller: If ever there was a time for an elephant walk it would be tn
Young: My least favorite part of pledging
Miller: Really? Sounds great to me
Young: You want in?
Miller: Yeah def count me in.
Young: I'm burnt out from hazing.
December 1, 2016 (Nugget, first name and association with frat not provided,to Young):
Nugget: yo this kid is in our room
Young: Is he passed out?
Nugget: naw pucking
Young: You need help?
Nugget: I need to go to bed. I think hes fine but he has a bad cut and hes puking
Young: It's Cordell?
Nugget: ya ... he wants to get up at 7
Young: That's impossible
Nugget: I could drive him back
Young: Not worth it...Let him sleep.
December 1, 2016 (Casey to Torrye):
Casey: It starting ... We having them wait in the boiler room after the shep test until we set up paddling
Torrye: Did you do the branding already
Torrye: Ohbhh okay
Torrye: How many questions is it
Casey: Only 25 ... Not at all paddling is about to start.
December 1, 2016 (Suchanec to Casey):
Suschanec: I'm not gonna paddle but you can hit disko
December 1, 2016 (Unknown to Casey):
Unknown: Considering I broke will Peters' skin the last time I paddled someone, I'm gunna sit this one out for Rizzo's sake. I'm also completely swamped and was just in a two hour long meeting so you can smack his fat ass for me since no one else is in my family line.
December 1, 2016 (Casey to Torrye):
Casey: Paddling is over by the way.