Philip Ziegler

A former Central Community School Board candidate was arrested Monday and accused of sexual battery against a 12-year-old girl in an incident that occurred about a year and a half ago, authorities said.

Philip Ziegler, 34, inappropriately touched the victim during an overnight visit to her home with his children, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Ziegler snuck into the victim’s bedroom while she was sleeping and demanded she get out of bed, detectives said. He began touching her inappropriately and trying to remove her clothes until she was able to fight him off, the report says.

As the victim grabbed a bat from the floor, Ziegler told her, “You will not use that on me,” the report says. The victim told detectives she repeatedly hit Ziegler with the bat until he left the room.

“This isn’t worth it,” Ziegler said, according to the report.

The incident happened about 18 months ago but was reported to authorities March 13 after the victim informed her doctor, deputies said.

During an interview with detectives, Ziegler initially denied staying at the victim’s house, but later said he was there. Ziegler and his attorney declined to comment on Tuesday. He ran for Central School Board on Nov. 4, and lost to fellow Republican Willard “Will” Easley, who earned 59 percent of the vote to Ziegler’s 41 percent.

Ziegler, 13350 Denham Road, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of sexual battery. He was released Wednesday on $15,000 bail.