Marcello Velez was arrested on Monday and charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault by sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child
Velez, 56, a Columbia University vice-president, is accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 at his New Jersey home on Sunday
He is currently being held in the Bergen County Jail while awaiting trial
The relationship between Velez and the minor has not been revealed
Velez, a civil engineer, is the Vice President for Manhattanville Development at Columbia University
He is listed as having managed managed, supervised, or otherwise presided over $1 billion worth of capital construction at the school
A vice president at Columbia University is facing charges of sexually abusing a child under the age of 13.
56-year-old Marcello Velez, was detained on Monday and charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault by sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.
A press release from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said the Woodcliff Lake Police Department had received a tip that Velez was engaging in sexual acts with the underage child Sunday while in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Subsequently, a joint investigation by the two agencies confirmed that the sexual liaison had occurred at Velez’s home in Woodcliff Lake.
He is currently being held in the Bergen County Jail while awaiting trial.
The relationship between Velez and the minor is not presently known.
Columbia’s website states that Velez is the Vice President for Manhattanville Development at the university.
‘He serves as the University’s point person on all aspects of development, design and construction of the University’s 6.8 million sq. foot Manhattanville in West Harlem campus expansion,’ the website reads.
Velez has been at the university since 1995 under a number of titles, with his prior position being the Associate Vice President for Capital Management for the Morningside Campus.
He has been with Columbia’s Manhattanville Development Group since 2007.