Former Wayland church choir director admits CSC

Daniel Pepper, Staff Writer

A former choir director at a Wayland church has admitted to touching two teenaged girls in a sexual manner. 

Nathan John Lavoie, 33, pleaded guilty Monday, June 9, in Allegan County Circuit Court to attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. 
Lavoie was arrested in December and accused of criminal sexual conduct with a student in his choir at St. Therese Catholic Church beginning when she was 15. 
Police later filed charges related to two other victims they discovered through investigation. 
In court, Lavoie admitted to touching both victims’ breasts in a sexual manner at their homes. 
“She was a choir member of mine and I was the choir director,” he said. 
One criminal sexual act happened in 2009 or 2010, he said, the other in 2013.
The two felony charges carry maximum penalties of two years and five years in prison. Lavoie must also register with the sex offender registry and be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. 
In exchange for the guilty, plea prosecutors agreed to drop nine other counts against Lavoie in three separate cases. 
They include: three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes, one count of child sexually abusive activity and one count of indecent exposure. 
Judge Margaret Zuzich Bakker accepted the guilty plea and set a sentencing hearing for Monday, July 14, at 9 a.m. Lavoie’s bond was revoked upon pleading guilty to the charges, as is required by law. 


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