Todd says UK handled fraternity incident correctly

University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. said revelations about a prank at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house Saturday led to the most "notable" closure in UK's greek system during Todd's eight-year tenure.

"It's a pretty well-known house," he said.

Todd didn't comment on specifics of the incident, in which an SAE member is accused of setting fire to a friend who was wrapped in toilet paper. But Todd said UK responded appropriately when the university's fire marshal, Greg Williamson, recommended closing the house.

"We have to have the right kind of discipline and when the fire marshal says shut something down, I listen to him," Todd said.

Sean P. Dunn, 19, of Hebron, was charged with first-degree arson, first-degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence after he allegedly struck a match, setting ablaze the toilet paper-wrapped victim.

According to court records, the victim was engulfed in flames up to his shoulders; he fell to the floor and began rolling to extinguish the flames. The floor caught fire, and Dunn tried to stomp out the flames.

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