Police investigate fraternity party 120 persons charged with underage consumption

Police investigate fraternity party 120 persons charged with underage consumption A University of South Dakota fraternity president faces charges of maintaining a disorderly house and 120 persons face charges of underage drinking after police responded early Saturday to a 911 call at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house.

The Vermillion Police Department investigated the incident with assistance from officers with University of South Dakota Public Safety and the Clay County Sheriff's Department. The house is located at 856 Madison Street in Vermillion.

The Clay Area Communications Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the fraternity. When the call was answered by a dispatcher, no one responded, leaving an open line, Chief Art Mabry said in a press release.

Officers were immediately dispatched to investigate the call, Mabry said. While the officers were responding, the dispatcher could hear the sounds associated with a large party.

When the first officers arrived, they observed individuals who appeared to be under 21 leaving the fraternity, Mabry said. The individuals had been consuming alcohol, and they advised the officers of a large party inside the fraternity involving alcohol and underage consumption, he added.

Based on the information, an investigation was conducted which resulted in the issuance of a summons to 120 people for underage consumption. Additionally, the fraternity president was charged with maintaining a disorderly house.

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