A timeline of events: UT fraternity alcohol enema case

A timeline of events: UT fraternity alcohol enema case

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Broughton denied "butt chugging" at a news conference on Tuesday. Broughton denied "butt chugging" at a news conference on Tuesday.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - From the first police account of a wine enema to Tuesday's public denial from Alexander Broughton and his attorney, differing stories have come out regarding what happened at the Pi Kappa Alpha house.  

6 News pored over public records to piece together what happened. This is a timeline of the events: 

Friday, September 21:  Broughton said in a press release that he drank 5 or 6 beers off campus. Around Friday 9:00 p.m., he went to the PIKE fraternity house where he said he and other fraternity members participated in a drinking game.   

Saturday, September 22: According to Knoxville Police emails obtained by 6 News, a few hours later, around 1:30 a.m., police were called to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after Broughton was dropped off. He had a blood alcohol level well over .40.

KPD investigators noted that Broughton had "bruises and abrasions across various parts of his body" and the trauma staff suspected he had been "sodomized". 

According to a UT Police report, KPD investigator Patricia Tipton, a veteran of the department for 16 years, questioned John Patrick "J.P." Carney, Broughton's cousin.  

Tipton reported Carney "admitted to her that Broughton's condition was caused by butt chugging". Broughton's lawyer denies Carney made that statement.

"I have a sworn affidavit from J.P. Carney that says everything that was gathered by Knoxville police investigator Patricia Tipton is false, misleading and a total lie, and we will stand by that until hell freezes over," said Broughton's lawyer Dan McGehee.  

Around 2:00 Saturday morning, KPD arrived at the PIKE fraternity house to find three people passed out. One person was found naked.  

UT Police took pictures which show empty wine boxes and bags and spots of blood, but found no rubber tubing.  

A KPD email was sent at 4:00 a.m. Saturday which stated:

"Upon extensive questioning, it is believed members of the fraternity were utilizing rubber tubing inserted into their rectums as a conduit for alcohol."    

Around 11:30 a.m., Broughton's lawyer said he first visited him at the hospital and asked him if he took part in "butt-chugging"  

"That was the first time he had of the words "butt chugging" which have become famous words across the United States and across the world," said McGehee.  

Monday, September 24: KPD sent a press release affirming the department's belief that wine enemas were involved. Broughton was identified in the release and KPD said the investigation had been turned over to UTPD.  

Tuesday, September 25: The University of Tennessee placed the fraternity on suspension.

Wednesday, September 26:  Broughton was questioned by UT Police investigators; he said he took part in a drinking game called "Tour De Franzia" but denied "butt chugging." Six other males questioned that day had the same story.

Thursday, September 27: UT police closed the case and handed it off to judicial affairs and the Knox County District Attorney's office.    

Friday, September 28: UT officials shut down the chapter and ordered the PIKE house to close.

Tuesday, October 2:  Broughton and his lawyer called an on-campus news conference to refute the claims against him, lashing out at the media, UT administrators and police for damaging his reputation.

McGehee told 6 News Wednesday that he plan to take legal action. Right now, he said he is trying to determine the causes of action against various potential defendants.

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