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Three Miami U freshmen football players charged for fraternity assault in early Oct.

Posted at 12:04 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 20:27:02-04

OXFORD, Ohio — Three weeks after members of the Theta Chi fraternity were assaulted and sent to the hospital for their injuries, three Miami University freshmen football players face charges from the incident and are suspended from the program indefinitely, according to school officials.

"Miami University has learned that the Oxford Police Department (OPD) is charging four individuals in the incident that occurred at an off-campus fraternity house on Oct. 3," a statement from university officials said. "Three of those charged are first-year students who are on the roster of the football team... All three of the football players are suspended from all team activities immediately and remain suspended from the program indefinitely."

The fourth individual is not affiliated with the university, according to school officials.

According to the police report, student athletes James Bomba, 19, Terrell Rush, 18, and Dimitri Mitsopolous, 19, all face charges from the incident. Bomba was arrested and charged with assault and criminal trespassing, Rush, is charged with criminal trespassing and Mitsopoulous faces two counts of assault, two counts of trespassing and one count disorderly conduct.

The fourth individual, 18-year-old Santiago Sandri, has a criminal trespassing warrant out for his arrest.

Jayne Brownell, the university’s vice president of student life, said multiple fraternity members were the victims of “appalling and senseless violence” at the hands of the perpetrators.

A letter was sent to students the Tuesday after the incident which said, "A group of students approached the Theta Chi fraternity house on N. Bishop St. and assaulted multiple residents of the house.”

Now that OPD's investigation is finished, the three students could face further consequences from the university, including suspension or dismissal from the school.

"With the OPD criminal investigation concluded, Miami has begun its investigation into the incident. Miami University holds its students to high standards of conduct and will not tolerate violence," the university's statement read.