LANGSTON — A Langston University administrator who was under investigation has been reinstated.
Charles King, the university's vice president for institutional advancement and development, was placed on leave during an investigation after campus police became concerned he had been involved in an assault on campus.
King was later cleared of all wrongdoing, and university officials concluded no assault ever took place. Langston President Kent Smith said Friday that King had been reinstated and is back at work.
According to a university report, the matter arose from an incident on the evening of July 29, in which King and another university staff member saw a boy wandering in a parking lot near the university's administration building. After attempting to contact the boy's mother in Oklahoma City, King notified police officials in Oklahoma City and Guthrie, as well as university police.
According to the report, the boy, who lives with his great-grandparents in Langston, wouldn't answer questions about how he had arrived on campus and why he was there.
Although the boy never told police anything to indicate he'd been the victim of an assault, a campus police officer “considered the possibility” the boy had been assaulted, school officials said. University officials said the officer acted out of a sense of caution, but offered no explanation for what caused the officer to think the boy could have been assaulted.
Campus police notified university officials, who then contacted Logan County District Attorney Tom Lee and the university's Board of Regents, Langston officials said.
University officials placed King on administrative leave and the university's information technology department gave his computer to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to be inspected.
A week after confirming the bureau had taken possession of King's computer, OSBI officials said the computer would be returned, unexamined, to the university.