Fmr. choir director arrested 3rd time for CSC

Nathan Lavoie

WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – A former church choir director has been arrested for a third time since December 2013 and faces additional criminal sexual conduct charges.

The ongoing investigation involves three separate individuals, and there is the potential for more victims, according to Michigan State Police.

Nathan Lavoie’s latest arrest occurred Feb 6. for a crime that allegedly occurred during summer 2008 and involved a female victim when she was 12 years old, according to an MSP news release. Lavoie was arraigned Wednesday at Allegan County 57th District Court on second-degree criminal sexual conduct, accosting a minor for immoral purposes, and indecent exposure charges. He faces up to 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines if convicted.

Lavoie was first taken into custody on Dec. 5, 2013. He eventually posted a $20,000 bond and was released from custody. He then waived a probable cause hearing in Allegan County District Court on Dec. 27, 2013, sending his case to circuit court.

The 32-year-old from Middleville worked at St. Therese Lisieux Parish in Wayland and was eventually put on administrative leave and let go of his duties following the first arrest.

Details of a third arrest are unknown.

Another of his alleged victims, a girl connected to the church, was 15 when alleged sexual activity with Lavoie began. These alleged crimes occurred between 2011 and 2013.

Police said the overall accusations originally surfaced in March 2013.

The Michigan State Police request anyone who has more information about these cases and/or possible additional victims to call the Wayland Post at 269.792.2213.

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