The Times West Virginian

August 6, 2013

FSU dean charged with sexual assault

University officials say Lach has been placed on administrative leave

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The dean of the College of Fine Arts at Fairmont State University was arrested early Sunday and charged with the second-degree sexual assault of a male campus employee.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Marion County Magistrate Court, Peter Lach, 68, of 112 David Daniels Road, Fairmont, was arrested early Sunday by Fairmont State campus police. Information from the North Central Regional Jail website indicated he’d been arrested at 12:37 a.m. Sunday.

The victim said he had been assigned to the Fine Arts Department, where Lach was his direct supervisor.

At about 2 p.m. Saturday, the complaint read, Lach allegedly called the victim into his office suite in Wallman Hall “in reference to his paycheck and benefits.” When the victim entered the office, that’s when the assault began, the complaint continued.

Lach allegedly pulled the victim’s trousers down, tried to physically restrain him and then began the sexual assault. The victim told the FSU professor to stop, but he didn’t. The victim told Lach he was in a relationship and “did not want to have sexual relations” with him.

The complaint says Lach “reacted aggressively,” shoving the victim several times, causing him to fall to the floor, striking his head on a copy machine. The victim fled from the scene and went to United Hospital Center, where he reported the assault and was treated for a head injury.


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