Columbia University vice president charged with sexually assaulting minor

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A vice president at Columbia University is facing charges of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, authorities said Tuesday.

Marcelo Velez, 56, of Woodcliff Lake, NJ, was arrested Monday and slapped with charges of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault by contact, according to authorities.

Woodcliff Lake cops were tipped off Sunday to alleged acts inside Velez’s home and made the arrest following an investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, the office said in a release.

Velez was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, cops said.

The relationship between the two was not known.

Velez is listed as Columbia University’s vice president for Manhattanville development, serving as the “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,” according to its website.

The university, where he’s worked since 1995, did not immediately respond for comment.

Velez also could not be reached. He is being held in Bergen County Jail awaiting his court appearance.

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