Penn State

Kappa Delta Rho investigation continues; whistleblower makes statement

Pictured is the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house on Prospect Avenue in State College.
Pictured is the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house on Prospect Avenue in State College. CDT photo

A few days after Penn State decided to suspend the local Kappa Delta Rho chapter for three years, State College police said their investigation into a Facebook page that featured inappropriate photos is still ongoing.

Police said they are trying to identify one woman who appeared nude and apparently unconscious in some of the pictures.

“We’re hoping that she’ll come forward or someone will cooperate to tell us who she is,” State College Lt. Keith Robb said.

Other women who have stepped forward or been identified have been given their options as far as pressing charges of harassment and invasion of privacy, but none have rendered a decision yet, Robb said.

Robb also said that a man appearing in photographs on the page has also been identified and could also choose to press charges. There is a two-year statute of limitations on the crimes, meaning charges could be filed as late as 2017.

Police have also talked to fraternity brothers during the course of the investigation, Robb said.

The investigation started in January when former KDR member James Vivenzio came to police and shared information about the secret Facebook pages.

On Thursday, Vivenzio released his first statement on the matter through his attorney, Aaron Freiwald.

“I am pleased that Penn State is finally taking seriously the documented allegations of hazing and other misconduct at KDR that I first brought to the attention of (u)niversity officials and then to the attention of local police. Suspending KDR now is only a small step toward what needs to be done to stop the blatantly abusive practices at KDR that I experienced firsthand, and at other fraternities,” Vivenzio said.

“I am committed as one individual, who has been supported by many others, to bringing about positive and permanent change to eliminate hazing and sexual harassment. Penn State can and must do much more to stop hazing and sexual harassment and should commit to lead by example,” he said.