Virginia Tech professor charged with child sexual abuse

A Virginia Tech engineering professor was jailed this week after being arrested on two dozen counts of child sexual abuse.

Brian Vick, 68, of Blacksburg, is accused of abusing a child two decades ago. He is charged with 14 counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child younger than 13.

Brian Vick

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said that the accusations were made recently and that Vick was indicted by a grand jury and arrested Tuesday.

Vick is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail. He is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday to say if he has an attorney to represent him, or wants one to be appointed.

An associate professor of mechanical engineering, Vick’s areas of focus include energy engineering and science, according to his faculty page on the Tech website.

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It was not immediately clear what Vick’s present status is with the university.

Vick was named in a federal lawsuit last year filed by a student who sued Tech’s honor system. The student claimed Vick unfairly accused him of cheating and gave him an F in a class that he needed to pass to graduate on time. The lawsuit was settled out of court.

According to research, at least two-thirds of adults have experienced at least one adverse childhood event. 

The lawsuit had asked a federal judge to overturn the student’s failing grade and set aside a finding of academic misconduct.

The unidentified student is asking a federal judge to lift the “F” he received and reverse a finding of academic misconduct by Virginia Tech’s honor system, saying he did not receive a fair hearing.

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