Authorities arrested the associate director of human resources for UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine on April 6 on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior.
Daniel Joseph Sanetz, 46, of Gainesville, inappropriately touched a girl between the ages of 12 and 16 about four months ago, according to an arrest report. Sanetz has worked at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine for 21 years, UF spokesperson Margot Winick wrote in an email.
During a Feb. 1 interview with the Child Protection Team, the girl said Sanetz rubbed her hip and later rested his hand on her knee, according to the report. He then got up and left the tent the two were laying in, and returned about 15 or 30 minutes later, according to the report.
He touched her hip again and then began to rub the small of her back, according to the report. Then Sanetz slipped his hands into her pants, according to the report.
“She did not move because she was terrified,” the report stated.
Sanetz then put his hand into her underwear and touched her intimate areas, according to the report. The girl turned away, forcing his hands out of her pants, according to the report.
During a call set up by Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputies on April 6, Sanetz said he put his hands in the girl’s pants and touched her inappropriately, according to the report. He apologized multiple times, according to the report.
When deputies tried to interview Sanetz, he asked for a lawyer, according to the report.
He was arrested and taken to the Alachua County Jail where he remains, as of press time, in lieu of a $250,000 bond.
A trespass warning was issued against Sanetz a day after his arrest by UPD, according to its website.
Winick said Sanetz’ salary is $85,730. UF is aware of Sanetz’s arrest, she said, but had no additional comment on his employment status.