PULLMAN, Wash. -- Police arrested a Washington State University employee Sunday on suspicion of molesting a 13-year-old girl.
According to court documents, the victim said Jud Preece, 50, touched her inappropriately and then later cried when police asked him about the allegations.
Preece worked as Senior Membership Director at the Washington State University Alumni Association. The University put him on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Court documents said the teen ended up alone with Preece following a birthday dinner after others she was with left. Then, Preece drove the girl back to his house where she said she felt uncomfortable.
Charging documents said Preece touched the girl sexually while they watched T.V. on the couch. She said she did not say anything to him because she was scared.
The teen told authorities Preece tried to convince her to spend the night in his bed and he kissed her on the lips.
The affidavit said the girl texted her friend about what was going on and someone picked her up.
Court papers said Preece told authorities he accidentally touched the teen and he gave her a quick peck.
The judge set his bond at $25,000. He bonded out on Tuesday.