Andrew Johnson from Salina is suing the fraternity he belonged to at the University of Kansas.  He says the frat provided unlimited access to alcohol to him and other underage members at Sigma Phi Epsilon.  Johnson was 18 at the time.

Johnson claims that after a drinking party two other underage frat brothers rammed his head into a concrete wall.   The lawsuit contends the injury left Johnson cognitively impaired and robbed him of the ability to smell.  He claims the fraternity is responsible.

“The injured student here contends that by rule, regulation, contract and Kansas law, the fraternity has a duty to prevent underage drinking at fraternity functions,” Wichita attorney Dan Monnat says.

Johnson admits in the suit that he had also been drinking.

We asked college students at Wichita State what they think about the lawsuit.

“We have the freedom to make our own choices, and if those hurt us it’s our responsibility,” Jon Brooks says.

Emily Tysick says, “I think it’s immature of him to sue his fraternity.  He made his decisions, and I just don’t think that’s right.”

But Monnat says the suit addresses a serious problem.

“Likely, the student is hoping the tide has changed–that the law and jurors are coming down harder on the ‘animal house’ antics of fraternity houses because they find real people get seriously injured.”

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KWCH TV – by Jim Grawe

In the first case arising out of a sex-sting operation conducted in October 2011, a jury has found a Wichita man not guilty of any crime.

Kyle Miller was acquitted Wednesday in Sedgwick County District Court.

“It was obvious from the evidence, as is the risk in all sting operations, that an innocent man was entrapped in a government net that had simply been cast too wide,” said Trevor Riddle, Miller’s defense attorney.

In the sting, an undercover officer posed as an under-aged teen online. Police say they organized the special operation in response to an increase in human trafficking. Seven men were arrested, including Miller and popular Garden Plain football coach Todd Puetz.

Police were confident in the arrests. “In my mind, I believe these are good solid cases,” Captain Brent Allred said just days after the sting. But with Miller’s acquittal, now two of the seven men arrested in that sting are cleared. Charges against Reginald (Reggie) Shepard were dismissed at his preliminary hearing in January 2012.

In a press release to the media, Miller’s defense attorney suggested his client’s case showed how local, state, and federal investigators mishandled the sting.

“It was obvious from the evidence that the sting was operated carelessly, creating a great risk that innocent people like Kyle would be entrapped,” Riddle said.

Police, at the time of the sting, said the sting was uncharted territory. “We had never done one before so we had to put a lot of brain power in and hope that everything went smoothly,” Allred told reporters in 2011.

Lt. Doug Nolte says the Wichita Police Department will not comment on the sting or the court decisions right now because there are five other cases still pending. Todd Puetz is the next to have a jury trial. His trial is scheduled to begin in early April.

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KAKE TV – By Jason Tarr