5 NEWS UPDATE: Fairmont State Terminates Dean After Sexual Assault Charge
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on August 06, 2013 @ 5:27PM
Created on August 06, 2013 @ 11:29AM
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - Fairmont State University says it has fired a dean charged with sexually assaulting a man in an office at Wallman Hall.
School spokeswoman Amy Pellegrin said Tuesday that 68-year-old Peter Lach was initially put on administrative leave after his arrest Sunday but has since been fired.
Lach had worked for Fairmont State since 2002 and was dean of the School of Fine Arts.
He was charged with second-degree sexual assault after a man told police the dean had physically restrained him and initiated an unwanted sexual act.
The victim says Lach became aggressive when he resisted and shoved him, causing him to fall and hit his head on a copy machine.
Lach is free on bond. He didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.
According to the university's website, Constance Edwards has been named Acting Dean.
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - The dean of Fairmont State University's School of Fine Arts has been charged with sexual assault and is now on administrative leave.
68-year-old Peter Lach was charged with second-degree sexual assault Sunday and jailed on $50,000 bond. He was no longer listed as a North Central Regional Jail inmate Monday.
Spokeswoman Amy Pellegrin says the incident occurred Saturday in Lach's office suite, and released the following statement:
“Fairmont State University Police were contacted about an incident that occurred on campus on Saturday, Aug. 3. Campus Police immediately began a thorough investigation and reached out to the West Virginia State Police to assist in the investigation. Peter Lach was arrested without incident. The case is now in the hands of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Lach was most recently Dean of the School of Fine Arts. He has been placed on administrative leave.”
The male victim told police Lach physically restrained him and initiated a sexual act. The victim says Lach became aggressive when he resisted and shoved him, causing him to fall.
The victim says he hit his head on a copy machine and went to a hospital for treatment and to report the attack.
Lach didn't immediately return a message left at his Fairmont home. Lach was hired by Fairmont State on July 5, 2002.
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