Current and former members of the suspended Phi Delta Theta fraternity chapter at Baylor University face more legal fallout from an alleged 2016 rape.
Sixteen people associated with Phi Delta Theta were added Monday as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed in 414th State District Court earlier this month. Five former members were named in the original petition based on their leadership roles in the group.
Six of the 16 defendants added Monday are current Baylor students, university spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said. Nine are Baylor graduates, and one is a former student.
The first five defendants told the Tribune-Herald they did not hold leadership roles at the time of the alleged assault.
Letters from the fraternity’s national office reviewed by the Tribune-Herald appear to confirm those defendants were not in the leadership roles at the time.
The original five remain defendants, alongside Jacob Anderson, who was arrested in March 2016 on a sexual assault charge. He was later indicted on four counts of sexual assault and is scheduled for trial March 21.
The landlord of the property where the assault allegedly happened, an off-campus house known as “the Phi Delt Ranch,” was also sued, as well as the fraternity’s national office.
The defendants are labeled as vice presidents, treasurers, risk management officers, chaplains, recruitment chairman, scholarship chairman, secretary, community service chair, warden, alumni secretary, historian, public relations and webmaster, reporter and recipient for funds collected.
“We’re just making sure we have all of the proper parties and officers,” said Waco attorney Jim Dunnam, who represents the alleged victim.
Sean Wagner, chief operating officer of Phi Delta Theta’s national office, did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit alleges the fraternity members bought alcohol using its fund of membership dues and served it to minors. The fraternity has been suspended at Baylor since Anderson’s arrest.