UT students arrested for harassment

UT students arrested for harassment stemming from alleged hazing

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Kelby Cowan (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Kelby Cowan (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
David Andrew Baird (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) David Andrew Baird (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two University of Tennessee students were arrested this week on harassment charges stemming from alleged hazing incidents at a campus fraternity.

According to an arrest warrant, victim Ben  told police he had received harassing text messages at Hess Hall from two different phone numbers which were found to be registered to Kelby Cowan, 18, and David Andrew Baird, 20.

The first text came in at 8:36 p.m. on November 23 from Baird's number, berating the victim. The texts kept coming and became more agitated, calling the victim names and threatening him.

The text then indicates that they meet to fight.

The texts stopped at 11:27 p.m., but resumed at 11:29 p.m. from Cowan's number.

Prior to sending the messages, Baird and Cowan had received a letter from UT's Student Life Office stating that all members of the fraternity were to refrain from sending emails, texts of phone calls that could be considered retaliator or intimidating in nature to those involved in reporting hazing.

Police say the victim had been involved in reporting a fraternity hazing incident that had involved both Baird and Cowan prior to receiving the messages.

Baird was arrested on Thursday while Cowan was arrested Tuesday.

Both suspects and the victim are UT students. A UT spokesperson says disciplinary action is likely.

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