Teacher accused of sexually assaulting teen appears in court

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LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: 6/8:

A high school teacher charged with sexual assault is back in custody, accused of violating conditions of his bond after attending graduation.

An Outagamie County Inmate List shows Jason La Vigne, a Grand Chute resident, was booked into jail at 11:12 a.m. on Friday.

La Vigne, a teacher at Little Chute High School, had appeared in Marinette County Court earlier in the day Thursday. He's charged there with 3rd Degree Sexual Assault.

The court set cash bond at $25,000 and ordered La Vigne to not drink alcohol or have contact with minors that are not his children. The judge refused to grant La Vigne's request to attend his son's high school graduation party.

Appleton Police were contacted Friday morning by a witness who had seen La Vigne at Appleton West High School's graduation Thursday evening. That's a violation of bond conditions ordering him to stay away from minors.

Appleton Police took him into custody Friday on a charge of Felony Bail Jumping.

A criminal complaint says Marinette County deputies were contacted on June 2 about a possible sexual assault that happened in the Crivitz area.

The victim, a 16-year-old girl, told officials she had traveled to Marinette County with the La Vigne family to a cabin in the Town of Stephenson. The victim said La Vigne gave her several vodka lemonades while they were out on a pontoon boat.

The girl said La Vigne pulled the boat on to a sandy beach area.The victim says La Vigne touched her, took off her swimsuit bottoms and sexually assaulted her there. The girl told officials that she told him to stop but La Vigne did not listen.

When they returned to the cabin, the girl called her parents and waited out in the driveway until her mother picked her up.

The Little Chute Area School District released a statement saying the district was made aware on June 4 of an alleged incident that happened off school grounds involving a district employee.

La Vigne is on administrative leave from the district.
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A Little Chute high school teacher appeared in Marinette County court Thursday on a charge of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault, accused of assaulting a teen-age girl on a pontoon boat.

Charges were filed Wednesday against Jason La Vigne, 45, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News.

The court set cash bond at $25,000. La Vigne asked for $10,000 bond, arguing that he has a home and family and Appleton and is not a flight risk. The judge and the state agreed the charge is too serious for $10,000.

The judge ordered La Vigne to not drink alcohol or have contact with minors. That includes staying away from his son's high school graduation party.

La Vigne: "Can I ask one question?"
Judge: "Sure."
La Vigne: "My son is graduating from high school tonight and we're going to have an open house for him between now and that 25th. Of course there will be friends of his attending the open house. So is there any way that that part of that detail of the arrangement could be changed?"
Judge: "No."

Action 2 News confirmed La Vigne was arrested on the morning of June 3 at his home in Grand Chute. The arrest was at request of the Marinette County Sheriff's Office.

The criminal complaint says Marinette County deputies were contacted on June 2 about a possible sexual assault that happened in the Crivitz area.

The victim, a 16-year-old girl, was in a hospital in Green Bay and undergoing a sexual assault nurse exam. The victim's father said the victim had been complaining of "physical pain and was in emotional shock."

The victim, in a statement to authorities, said she had traveled to Marinette County with the La Vigne family to a cabin in the Town of Stephenson. The victim said La Vigne gave her several vodka lemonades while they were out on a pontoon boat.

The girl said La Vigne pulled the boat on to a sandy beach area.The victim says La Vigne touched her, took off her swimsuit bottoms and sexually assaulted her there. The girl told officials that she told him to stop but La Vigne did not listen.

When they returned to the cabin, the girl called her parents and waited out in the driveway until her mother picked her up.

A search warrant was executed at the cabin and officers collected items of evidence.

The Little Chute Area School District released a statement saying the district was made aware on June 4 of an alleged incident that happened off school grounds involving a district employee.

"We have been in communication with law enforcement and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in the best interests of our school community," reads a statement from District Administrator David Botz.

La Vigne is on administrative leave from the district.

Botz provided an updated statement after learning that criminal charges had been filed.

"The alleged conduct did not involve any students of the Little Chute Area School District, nor did the conduct occur on District property or during working hours," reads the statement.

"While we want to communicate as much as possible with our parents and school community, please understand that as this involves the criminal investigation of an employee, the District will be treating this as a confidential personnel matter," Botz says.

La Vigne's next court appearance is scheduled for June 25.