10 USM students indicted in hazing incident

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Ten Southern Miss students were served indictments Thursday for their alleged involvement in an Aug. 28 hazing incident on campus.

USM Police served the indictments, which were handed down by a Forrest County Grand Jury. The students are charged with the misdemeanor crimes of conspiracy to commit hazing; two counts of first degree hazing; and one count of second degree hazing.

After being served the indictments, the students were processed and released on their own recognizance, pending a hearing in Forrest County Circuit Court. Another student was also indicted in the case, but will be served next week upon their return to campus.

Those served indictments include:

Jill Beattie, 20, Gulfport
Adriel Rocha, 21, Long Beach
Lauren Sentell, 20, Ocean Springs
Laura Skelton, 20, Gautier
Alex Robertson, 20, Hattiesburg
Amanda Newman, 21, Hattiesburg
Melissa Bryant, 20, Hattiesburg
Kate Schraeder, 20, Petal
Cara Percy, 20, Francisville, LA 
Drew Treuting, 24, Destrehan, LA

"We look forward to the conclusion of this matter," said University Police Chief Bob Hopkins. "While this is an unfortunate incident, we hope that it serves as a lesson that communicates to the campus community that hazing is a serious matter with serious consequences, and will not be tolerated."