Hahnville principal Brian Lumar has been arrested on a charge of misdemeanor sexual battery, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Lumar was booked into Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility on Monday, days after a source confirmed Thursday he was under police investigation for an at the time undisclosed matter. He has since been released on bond.
The principal at Hahnville High School since 2018, Lumar served as vice principal for five years at the school prior to his current position.
The St. Charles Parish School District sent out an email Monday notifying parents that an employee had been arrested and that the charge does not involve any misconduct with a student or employee.
“Today, we were notified of the arrest of the HHS employee who was under investigation. The charge does not involve any misconduct with a student or employee. We will continue to follow the appropriate policy, procedures and law regarding this personnel matter,” the email read.
On Monday night, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office released an official statement concerning the arrest.
“On April 26, 2021, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a parent of a Hahnville High School student and made aware of an alleged sexual battery that occurred upon the parent by Principal Brian Lumar,” the statement read. “During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Lumar and the parent/victim had arranged a meeting on March 31, 2021, to discuss matters related to the student.”
According to the statement, the parent told police that after she arrived in the reception area of the principal’s office, she was advised by Lumar to leave the reception area and re-directed to meet him in another private office location on school grounds.
It was during that meeting, the parent said, that Lumar allegedly committed a sexual battery against her, without her consent, and she left the school’s campus.
“During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to corroborate the victim’s statement through sufficient evidence, and thereafter an arrest warrant was obtained from a 29th Judicial District Court Judge,” the statement read.
The Sheriff’s Office said Lumar was contacted on May 3 and informed of the active warrant issued for his arrest. Shortly before 6 p.m. he turned himself in and he was booked into the Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility.
Sheriff Greg Champagne also thanked the St. Charles Parish School Board and Superintendent Ken Oertling for fully cooperating with police throughout the investigation.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lumar has been charged with Louisiana Revised Statute 14:43.1.1 relative to misdemeanor sexual battery, which is ‘the intentional touching of the breast or buttocks of the victim by the offender using any instrumentality or any part of the body of the offender, directly or through clothing.'”