City man faces questions about assault at MC

A Marietta man who reportedly assaulted a Marietta College student is now in custody.

Robert Jonathan Huffman, 32, of 797 Channel Lane, was arrested Thursday by the Washington County Adult Parole Authority, confirmed Tom Perry, executive director for strategic communications and marketing for the college.

Huffman reportedly approached a female college student Tuesday afternoon on the sidewalk near Putnam Street, assaulted her, and retreated on foot. Perry did not elaborate on the nature of the assault.

Huffman is a registered sex offender, on parole for a third-degree felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He completed his prison term in November, according to online records maintained by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Marietta Municipal Court records show multiple other charges for Huffman including charges of trespassing, criminal mischief, violation of a temporary protection order, public indecency, menacing and theft.

Huffman has not yet been charged in relation to the assault, said Perry. He was being held on a parole violation holder.

Officials from the Marietta College Police Department are planning to question Huffman about the incident today, said Perry.

The arrest prompted the college to send a “Pioneer Alert” to students and staff notifying them of the arrest.

“I think any time the safety of students is a question, it’s a big deal,” said Perry.

Perry added that students can always call Campus Police and request an escort if they feel unsafe.

The Marietta Police Department is assisting, but the Marietta College Campus Police will take the lead in the investigation, said Perry.