Michigan Republican Lee Chatfield charged with assaulting 14-year-old

LANSING, Michigan – Northern Michigan State Police were investigating Thursday after a woman charged former Speaker of the State House of Representatives Lee Chatfield with multiple sexually assaulting her in from around the age of 14.

The accuser, now 26, filed a criminal complaint with the Lansing Police Department, which referred her to state police earlier this week. His attorney, Jamie White, confirmed the nature of the allegations first reported by Lansing City Pulse, including that Chatfield began assaulting him over a decade ago and that the abuse continued until the last year.

State Police spokesman Shanon Banner declined to provide further information.

The alleged assaults began when the 14-year-old was attending Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church and Northern Michigan Christian Academy in Burt Lake, White said. The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they choose to come forward.

Chatfield taught at the school and was the athletic director between 2010 and 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile. Her father was a pastor of the church.

The Associated Press left phone and text messages asking for comment Thursday night for Chatfield, 33, who left the House in 2020 due to the term limitation. He was the Republican leader for two years and was one of seven Michigan lawmakers who met then-President Donald Trump in the White House as Trump tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in Michigan .

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