Little Chute teacher facing sexual assault charge in Marinette Co.
MARINETTE, Wis. (WLUK) -- A teacher from Outagamie County appeared in Marinette County court Thursday after being charged with third-degree sexual assault.
Jason LaVigne, 45, is accused of giving alcohol to a 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her. According to the criminal complaint, the incident happened Saturday in the Crivitz area.
"The allegations set forth in the complaint are serious," said a state attorney.
LaVigne did not have an attorney while in court.
A criminal complaint revealed LaVigne headed to a cabin in Stephenson with his daughter and her friend last Saturday.
The complaint went on to say, after they reached the cabin, LaVigne took his pontoon on the lake. LaVigne gave his daughter and the alleged victim alcoholic drinks, according to the complaint. It goes on to say the victim told investigators she thinks she had four vodka lemonades.
Court documents say LaVigne pulled the pontoon into a sandy beach area and his daughter was passed out or asleep at the time.
The complaint said while LaVigne allegedly sexually assaulted the victim, she told him to stop but he did not listen to her.
According to the Little Chute Area School District’s website, LaVigne is a business education teacher. The website says he has worked at the high school since 1997.
The district said in a statement Wednesday that its employee was put on administrative leave. District officials also said the incident did not involve a Little Chute student.
When FOX 11 asked the district Thursday for comment on LaVigne, district superintendent David Botz said "At this time the District does not have anything to add regarding the statement that I put out yesterday after we learned of the criminal charges LaVigne is facing. The District will continue to treat this as a confidential personnel matter."
When asked what his bail should be, LaVigne said it should be $10,000 and he’s not a flight risk. The state asked bail to be set at $25,000 and the judge agreed.
Thursday afternoon a jail official told FOX 11 LaVigne posted bond.
LaVigne is scheduled to be back in court June 25.