BELLEFONTE, Pa. – Penn State’s head football trainer has been ordered to appear for a contempt of court hearing as part of an investigation into the hazing death of a New Jersey teen attending the university.
Tim Bream, head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director of the Nittany Lions, has been ordered to appear on Aug. 30 before Magisterial District Judge Allen Sinclair, according to a report on pennlive.com.
Bream, who has not been charged in connection with the February death of Timothy Piazza, 19, of Hunterdon County, had not responded to subpoenas issued by defense attorneys, it was said in court during Friday’s preliminary hearing.
Sinclair allowed a request to compel him to appear in court, but it remains unclear if he will testify, pennlive reported. The preliminary hearing was recessed until the end of the month.
Beta Theta Pi and 18 of its members have been charged in connection with Piazza’s death.
Bream, who served as Beta Theta Pi’s advisor, was present the night a heavily-intoxicated Piazza fell head-first down a set of basement stairs during a bid acceptance party.
Witnesses told a grand jury that Bream attended a bid acceptance ceremony before any drinking began, and spent the rest of the night in his room. Piazza’s family and defense attorneys have questioned if Bream played a role in organizing the party and a hazing ritual known as The Gauntlet, and prosecutors have asked anyone with more information to come forward.
Piazza later died from his injuries sustained during the party, and an investigation revealed it was nearly 12 hours before anyone called 9-1-1.
Penn State University, in a statement, said it could not comment on Bream, pennlive reported. “As we have stated, the university is investigating all aspects of what occurred at the Beta Theta Pi house,” according to the statement. “Student conduct and personnel matters are confidential.”