Warsaw Little League board member accused of sexual battery against minor
WARSAW, Ind. -- A father figure to many in Michiana, is now accused of sex crimes against a child.
A Warsaw Little League Team's former board member is now stepping down, following his arrest.
46-year-old Lance Leeper was the Warsaw Little League's president for years, and up until his arrest on Friday, Jan 19, he was the vice president.
On New Year's Eve, Lance Leeper allegedly had a minor male staying over for the night.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department says, it was early in the morning, New Year's Day, that the minor woke up to Leeper's hands on his genitals.
The minor accuses Leeper of sexually assaulting him.
It was then. the documents state, that the minor got out of bed, and slept on the couch for the remainder of the night.
According to the documents, the Sheriff's Department spoke with Leeper, who admitted that the minor, a 16-year-old, spent the night at his home.
Leeper then allegedly admitted to providing the minor some vodka, which he drank, and then sexually assaulted the minor while he was sleeping.
The Warsaw Little League posted the following statement on their website:
"As some of you may have seen in the local media one of our longtime board members has had a very serious charge brought against him. I would like to ensure everyone that Warsaw Little League Board of Directors takes this situation very serious and we are following the guidelines set forth by Little League in responding to this situation. To the family involved we would like to extend our apologies that this has happened and this type of behavior will not be tolerated. We are making all efforts to ensure that our league is a family friendly safe park for our families and players."
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.
He is innocent until proven guilty.
But if he 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/