Ex-Huntington U. administrator charged, accused of fondling

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A former vice president at Huntington University has been charged with battery after he admitted to fondling a man who was staying at his home late last month.

Vincent Haupert, 50, was charged Friday in Huntington Superior Court with misdemeanor Battery. A warrant was issued for Haupert and a $7,000 bond was set.

Haupert, the former vice president for advancement at the Huntington-based  Christian college, resigned from the post Aug. 7 – a week after a report of sexual assault was filed with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.       

According to a probable cause affidavit released Friday, Haupert is alleged to have touched the victim in a “ rude, insolent, or angry manner” during an incident at Haupert’s home in the 4600 block of West C.R. North in Huntington early July 31.    Police were called the following day to investigate.  

The man – identified in the affidavit only by his initials – told police he was invited to Haupert’s home on July 30 to celebrate his 21st birthday. According to the affidavit, the victim said as he was in a bed in a spare bedroom of the home in the early morning hours of July 31, a naked Haupert came into the room and got into bed with him. 

The victim said Haupert then began to rub his back, arm and chest, and then put his hand down the front of the victim’s shorts and fondled him, the affidavit said. The victim said he rolled over, but Haupert pulled his pants down and continued to fondle him, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with police, Haupert admitted to fondling the victim because he was sexually attracted to him, the affidavit said. He added, though, that the victim never gave any indication the sexual attraction was mutual, the affidavit said.

The victim said he then got out of the bed and left the home, the affidavit said.

Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison said her office would not identify the victim to “protect the integrity of the judicial process.”  

Haupert has not been arrested.

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