Teacher appears in court for Marinette County assault case

MARINETTE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Little Chute High School teacher accused in two sexual assault cases appeared in Marinette County Court Monday.

Jason LaVigne is charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Assault in Marinette County for the alleged assault of a 16-year-old girl.

Online court records show LaVigne's attorney requested a preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for July 16. Preliminary hearings are when the court decides whether there is enough evidence for the case to move ahead to trial.

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 LaVigne family to a cabin in the Town of Stephenson. The victim said LaVigne gave her several vodka lemonades while they were out on a pontoon boat.

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

LaVigne posted bond and was released on the condition that he not be around children who are not his own. The judge said he could not attend his son's graduation party because underage people would be there.

Shortly after his release, he was picked up by Appleton Police on a charge of Felony Bail Jumping. LaVigne, defying the order of the Marinette County judge, attended Appleton West High School's graduation.

LaVigne bonded out again, and was arrested a few days later for a charge of Repeated Sexual Assault of Same Child in Outagamie County.

A criminal complaint in that case states investigators learned a former Little Chute student reported allegations against LaVigne to school officials in 2009. She said the assaults happened between January 1999 and late March 1999 when she was a 14-year-old freshman at the high school.

Police uncovered an email the victim sent to a school counselor in 2009 that said the LaVigne would rub his "erect penis" on her back during class.

The criminal complaint says the 2009 report was forwarded to school superintendent David Botz. Botz wrote a report about the allegation.

"He came to the conclusion that there was not enough evidence to suggest that La Vigne acted inappropriately," reads the criminal complaint.

The allegations were never reported to police.

LaVigne is on administrative leave from the Little Chute School District. The Board of Education met in closed session to discuss the next steps when it comes to LaVigne, but they didn't take action.

The board members and Superintendent David Botz declined to speak to Action 2 News after the meeting because it is an ongoing investigation.