Little League President speaks out after board member is accused of sexual battery against a minor
WARSAW, Ind. -- A Warsaw Little League Team's former board member stepped down after being accused of Sexual Battery against a minor.
46-year-old Lance Leeper was arrested on Friday, Jan 19th while serving as the vice president on the Warsaw Little League board.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department says on New Year's Eve, Lance Leeper allegedly had a minor male staying over for the night.
The minor accused Leeper of sexually assaulting him.
Randy Ehrlinger, President of Warsaw Little League released a statement on Thursday:
After we were advised about the arrest and charge brought against Lance Leeper an emergency board meeting was called to go over the situation. At that time a written notice was drafted to inform Lance Leeper that effective immediately his membership and involvement with Warsaw Little League was being terminated and he was served notice that he must forfeit all little league property back to the league. Warsaw Little League also mandated that pending the outcome of his case Lance Leeper was not to have a physical presence on little league property nor is he to have any form of contact with any function related to Warsaw Little League. The notice was presented to Lance Leeper and all property of Warsaw Little League was recovered. Warsaw Little League has been in contact with Little League Central Region in Indianapolis and Little League in Williamsport, PA to make sure this situation is handled properly.
According to the little league board, they are taking this situation very seriously and their goal is to ensure everyone’s safety.
Leeper is officially charged with sexual batter, a level 6 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
He has bonded out of jail.
If Leeper is found guilty, he could face a maximum sentence of a total of about three years in jail combined.
He is due in court February 8th.