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Court drops charges against man in FMU hazing case

Maurice Robinson, the Defendant. Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office Maurice Robinson, the Defendant. Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Charges have been dropped against a Florence man accused of hazing a Francis Marion University student in 2011.

The charges against Maurice Lavon Robinson, 37, were dropped June 20, according to court records.

Robinson was charged with hazing and assisting in or failing to report hazing involving members of a fraternity formerly affiliated with Francis Marion University in November 2011.

Robinson was one of nine men accused of committing the two said crimes against Daniel McElveen, who alleged that he was repeatedly beaten during the Phi Beta Sigma Francis Marion Chapter's "Hell Night" initiation process on the night of October 22, 2011.

FMU and the fraternity settled with McElveen.

At the trial, Robinson argued that McElveen was responsible for allowing himself to be hazed and beaten, according to the McLeod Law Firm Group. McElveen, through his counsel, presented evidence that hazing is not a consensual act, but the perpetrators hold power and control over the victims. The jury returned a verdict for $600,000 actual damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages against the defendant.

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