JACKSON, MI – A former teacher at a Catholic school in Jackson is facing charges of sexual assault against minors.
The 66-year-old former teacher is facing two felony charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Two people reported abuse from the man, a news release from the Michigan Attorney’s General Office said.
The man taught drama and music at St. John Catholic School between 1974 and 1977, the release said.
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He was arrested Monday, Sept. 14, in Fort Myers, Florida. His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, the news release said. Jackson County District Court is holding virtual arraignments during the coronavirus pandemic. The former teacher is being held without bond.
MLive does not name suspect until they’ve been arraigned.
This is the 10th person connected to the Catholic Church that the attorney’s general office has charged since October 2018 when they seized 1.5 million paper documents and 3.5 million electronic documents, the release said.
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The Diocese of Lansing reported the allegations of sexual abuse to the attorney general and the Jackson County Prosecutor in 2019, a news release from the Diocese said.
“The Diocese of Lansing, of course, abhors all sexual abuse and will continue to support all victims in reporting abuse, pursuing justice, and obtaining healing,” the release said.
First-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, while second-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Information about clergy abuse can be submitted to the attorney’s general office online here or by calling 844-324-3374.
This article was updated at 3:34 p.m. to include a statement from the Diocese of Lansing.
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