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Chatfield below felony investigation for allegedly molesting a teen

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 THURSDAY, Jan. 6 — The sister-in-law of  former Michigan Home Speaker Lee Chatfield has filed a felony criticism towards him with the Lansing Police Division for allegedly sexually assaulting her starting when she was a teen attending his church and the related Christian college. 

 A metropolis spokesman stated immediately that the town has transferred the matter to the Michigan State Police for investigation.

The lady, now 27,  alleges the sexual assaults started when she was “15,” and attending Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church and the Northern Michigan Christian Academy Faculty, stated her legal professional, Jamie White, of the White Regulation Agency in Lansing. Chatfield’s father, Rusty, is the pastor of the church and the administrator for the college. The alleged sexual exploitation continued till July 2021. Metropolis Pulse doesn’t establish the victims of sexual assault with out their permission. 

Chatfield, 33, is considered one of seven youngsters of Rusty and Betty Chatfield. 

Earlier than Chatfield ran for the state Home in 2014, he was a instructor on the college, in addition to the boys’s soccer coach and the athletic director. 

A cellular quantity for Chatfield was answered by an automatic voice saying the subscriber was not out there. 

Chatfield gained election to the state Home in 2014, after knocking out reasonable Republican Frank Foster. Foster was assailed through the GOP main for his help of amending the state’s Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act to incorporate the LGBTQ neighborhood. Chatfield remained a staunch opponent of LGBTQ authorized protections throughout his tenure in the home. 

In 2019, Chatfield turned Michigan’s youngest Home speaker, a put up he held till he was term-limited out of the Home on the finish of 2020. He briefly served as CEO of Southwest Michigan First, an financial growth group within the Kalamazoo space. Nonetheless, controversy over his anti-LGBTQ politics led him to resign the place final February.

Throughout his time within the Legislature he was additionally arrested on the Pellston Airport in northern Michigan for making an attempt to deliver a loaded handgun onto an airplane. He didn’t face felony fees for the incident, however did should pay a superb for having an unregistered firearm in addition to a superb to the Transportation Safety Administration. 

(In case you are experiencing sexual assault or abuse, name Michigan’s Sexual Assault Hotline at (855)VOICES4 or textual content 1-866-238-1454. Each are nameless and confidential.)

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