FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A dean at Fairmont State University has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with second-degree sexual assault.

Peter Lach, 68, the dean of the Fine Arts Deptartment, allegedly pulled down the pants of a coworker, held him down and initiated oral sex. The alleged incident took place Saturday in Lach’s office at Wallman Hall.

The man reported the alleged assault while being treated at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. He said he hit his head on the copy machine in Lach’s office during the incident.

Lach was arrested Sunday and initially held on $50,000 bail.

Fairmont State released a statement Monday:

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,” university spokesperson Amy Pellegrin said.

Lach has worked at Fairmont State since July 2002.


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  • hillbilly

    What a joke . The liberal sicko's are everywhere . LOL

  • Dr. Sarcasm

    I thought this was a "liberal" arts university? He was giving a tutorial on oratory presentation. He should recieve an award for being so progressive to the movement. He is the victim for being rejected. The other person should be expelled for not being tolerant and arrested for a hate crime for not accepting and sued for the dean losing his job.

  • DLupton

    In no way was what happened right but the man is 68 and if this is the first incident he may be experiencing mental or medical problems causing him to act out sexually. Hopefully he receives a full psychological and medical exam.

    • WVWho

      He has been known in the FSU community to play for the other team, so that weak try is out the window. These are state employees making taxpayer money pulling this garbage.

  • Habib Haddad

    Why do you think that building is round?


    It is quite an accusation and alleged offense. Pretty aggressive assault if true. But I have seen employees fire the first shot when they are being held accountable for performance or other issues. They file a complaint before they can be held accountable. What's that ole saying, "a good defense is a good offense". How do you even prove this happened without witnesses? Obviously more to the story.

  • James

    To bad he can't be the manager of the football team.


    What, no home confinement for him like the teacher this week?

  • Gary Karstens

    Frank is innocent until proven guilty. People should not be so quick to pass judgement without ALL the facts. YEESH! Not surprising that all the WV homophobes start reacting this way.

  • Tim C

    Where he's going he'll get plenty of time and subjects to practice his craft. What a sicko!

  • Matt

    Sounds like the dean has a future in politics...