FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- The dean of Fairmont State University's School of Fine Arts was on administrative leave Monday, facing charges that he sexually assaulted a man in his Wallman Hall office suite over the weekend.
Peter Lach, 68, was charged with second-degree sexual assault Sunday and jailed on $50,000 bond, WBOY-TV (http://bit.ly/14ZFtua ) reported. He was no longer listed as an inmate Monday at the North Central Regional Jail.
The male victim told police that Lach physically restrained him and initiated an unwanted sexual act on Saturday. The victim says Lach became aggressive when he resisted and shoved him, causing him to fall and hit his head on a copy machine.
The victim went to a local hospital for treatment and reported the attack.
Fairmont State spokeswoman Amy Pellegrin said university police began investigating the complaint immediately, but also requested the assistance of State Police.
The case is now in the hands of the Marion County prosecutor.
Lach didn't immediately return a message left at his Fairmont home.
Pellegrin said he was hired at Fairmont State in 2002.