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Former Huntington U official charged

August 25, 2018

A former high-ranking Huntington University official was charged Friday with misdemeanor battery for allegedly fondling a man who referred to him as “a friend and mentor.”

Vincent D. Haupert, 50, invited the man to his home in rural Huntington to celebrate the 21-year-old’s birthday, according to court documents. The men were in bed together July 31 when Haupert fondled the man, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Huntington Superior Court.

Police said Haupert admitted in an interview in early August to being sexually attracted to the man but the man had not indicated the feeling was mutual.

A warrant was issued for Haupert’s arrest.

Haupert had been the Christian university’s vice president for advancement. He resigned Aug. 7 amid an investigation by Indiana State Police.

He had not been arrested, as of late Friday afternoon. Court records show he hired Indianapolis defense attorney James H. Voyles to represent him. 

Voyles is known for representing “a who’s who of famous clients” including boxer Mike Tyson, according to a 2016 profile published in The Indiana Lawyer. A call to his office was not returned Friday. 

Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison announced the charge in a news release but declined to comment further.

Lynatte Fager, a university spokeswoman, said in an email the college “will continue to filter everything we do through the lens of Christ, scholarship and service.”

“With the recent filing of misdemeanor battery charges by the Huntington County prosecutor’s office against a former employee, the hearts of Huntington University’s faculty and staff are in prayer,” she said “We are in prayer for the campus community. These are not conversations we take lightly. We hold all faculty and staff to a Biblical moral standard.”

Haupert’s former position has not been filled, Fager said.

Huntington Superior Court Judge Jennifer E. Newton and Circuit Court Judge Jamie M. Groves have recused themselves from handling the case, according to online court records. The case was assigned to a special judge, Wells Circuit Court Judge Kenton Kiracofe.

mleblanc@jg.net

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