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      Charges dismissed against man in FMU hazing case

      Court records show charges have been dismissed against Maurice Robinson on June 20 in a hazing incident that happened in October 2011 involving a fraternity at Francis Marion University.

      Robinson was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and was charged with one count of hazing against Daniel McElveen. Eight other men were also charged.

      Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements for a comment on the case said he couldn't comment on the case at this time.

      The hazing incident took place at Robinson's home on Rosemont Drive in Florence on October 23, 2011, according to police.

      At the time of his arrest, Robinson was a teacher with Florence School District One.

      McElveen was pledging with the fraternity and said he was beat so bad with a paddle that he suffered acute renal failure and had to be hospitalized for eight days.

      McElveen sued FMU and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity International and Robinson last January.

      FMU and the fraternity settled with McElveen back in December.

      A jury awarded McElveen in April nearly a $1.6 million judgement against Robinson after finding him guilty of negligence in the hazing incident that left McElveen permanently injured.