New Hampshire

3 U of New Hampshire Football Players Charged in Assault

Police say Quinlen Dean, Kyle Hamper and Jackson Housman have each been charged with a count of riot.

Police say three University of New Hampshire football players are accused of assaulting people inside a fraternity house last weekend in Durham.

Police say Quinlen Dean, 21, of Greenbelt, Maryland; Kyle Hamper, 20, of Portland, Oregon; and Jackson Housman, 20, of Weare, have each been charged with a count of riot for allegedly forcing their way into a fraternity house and assaulting people. They each face a possible sentence of three and a half to seven years in prison if convicted, according to Seacoast Online.

Police say the men entered the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house early Jan. 26 and assaulted the people inside.

Durham Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley says the arrests came following an investigation into the incident. According to Kelley, an officer on patrol noticed a "large disturbance" at the fraternity house between midnight and 1 a.m. 

According to Seacoast Online, police have so far learned that there was a party at the house and one man was asked to leave. That man then returned to the house with a large group of people. The group forced their way into the house and engaged in a fight with some of the fraternity brothers, Kelley said.

Kelley told Seacoast Online that one person was transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover for treatment of minor injuries.

UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz says the university is viewing the charges in accordance with its procedures and "will take all appropriate steps via the conduct process to ensure the safety and well-being of our campus community.''

The three men could not be reached for comment.

According to police, the three suspects were released on personal recognizance bail and are scheduled to be arraigned at the Dover Superior Court on Feb. 14.

The investigation is ongoing and authorities expect more arrests.

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