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Another hazing lawsuit, with a twist

Kappa Alpha Psi coat of arms

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Another lawsuit over injuries sustained during hazing has been filed, but this one is a little different than other recent cases.

Harry Draughn Jr. is seeking $2 million in damages for the alleged beating he took while pledging a local alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. And Draughn claims the man allegedly responsible for the hazing is a Prince George’s County police officer.

Draughn claims he was assaulted with a cane and paddle by Jesse Stewart Jr., the membership intake chairman of the Hyattsville/Landover alumni chapter, according to the lawsuit. Stewart also made Draughn rub lotion on Stewart’s legs and asked “inappropriate sexual questions,” according to the complaint, filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court.

Draughn, 45, told The Washington Post he was not a member of a fraternity while an undergraduate student but became interested in the Kappa Alpha Psi alumni chapter because of its “camaraderie and commitment to community service.” He paid a $3,000 application fee has been denied a refund, according to the complaint.

Kappa Alpha Psi has publicly stated its opposition to hazing since 1949 but has had numerous problems since, including suspending membership intake for four months starting last September because hazing had “become so much of a problem,” according to the complaint.

The lawsuit accuses the fraternity of “failing to adopt reasonable rules and regulations and procedural safeguards that monitor the actions of its chapters to protect pledges and other potential members from hazing and other forms of physical and psychological violence.”

Draughn is represented by Jimmy A. Bell, an Upper Marlboro solo practitioner. The case is Harry Draughn Jr. v. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., et al., CAL-15-04964.

Stewart has been suspended by the Prince George’s County Police Department as it investigates the allegations, according to The Post.