Former Seymour business owner arrested on multiple battery charges

SEYMOUR – On Monday, March 18, a former co-owner of the Vat & Barrel Restaurant in downtown Seymour was arrested by Indiana State Police Troopers on multiple counts of battery after he allegedly touched multiple female employees inappropriately over the past four years.

Detective Derek Eggers, Indiana State Police-Versailles Post, began an investigation in February 2024 after a former employee of the business came forward with allegations that a co-owner, Marc Gebhart, 67, touched her inappropriately at a separate location in Seymour in 2023. 

Marc Gebhart

During the investigation, Det. Eggers obtained information that additional former employees reported that they had also been touched inappropriately by Gebhart at the Vat & Barrel between the time the restaurant opened in 2020 and the time the allegations were made to law enforcement earlier this year.

Det. Eggers submitted the investigation to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, which resulted in an arrest warrant being issued for Marc Gebhart on seven misdemeanor counts of battery. 

He was arrested Monday and incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail. 

The Seymour Police Department assisted Indiana State Police detectives.