Former Little Chute teacher facing additional sexual assault charges

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 23:20:57-04

Little Chute school district leaders met Tuesday as a long-time teacher faces accusations of sexual assault.

They did not take any action regarding Jason La Vigne. After the meeting, district leaders did not comment on the situation.

This month, Marinette County deputies arrested Jason La Vigne for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old girl on a pontoon boat.

She's not a student at Little Chute, but a criminal complaint says that deputies learned during the investigation that La Vigne allegedly assaulted a student in his classroom nearly 20 years ago.

Monday, Outagamie County prosecutors charged La Vigne with repeated sexual assault of a same child.

According to a criminal complaint, superintendent David Botz did not send those allegations to police.
In the complaint, a 33-year-old woman, who was a freshman student at the time of the alleged assault, accuses La Vigne of rubbing against her in a sexual manner multiple times in keyboarding class.

The student told police that La Vigne wrote on a computer screen, "I am sorry, it won't happen again, please don't tell anyone."

The student didn't report the alleged 1999 sexual assault until ten years later when she returned to Little Chute to visit family.

At that time, the accusations went to superintendent Botz.

Court records say that Botz wrote a report, but after investigating, he decided there wasn't enough evidence against La Vigne and did not report the alleged assaults to police.

The complaint says the student's math teacher and school counselor also learned of the allegations in 2009 and believed the superintendent had reported the accusations to police.

That math teacher said Tuesday in an email that all communication would come from the district office.