V.F.W. House Parent Faces Sexual Assault Charge

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Misty Botke was at her Eaton Rapids home, Monday, when she was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two boys while working as a "house parent" for the V.F.W National Home for Children in Onondaga Township.

The arrest followed a two-month long investigation by Ingham County Detectives. They began the investigation in August when a man came forward saying Botke sexually assaulted him during his time at the V.F.W. home. Another victim soon came forward.

"The home was notified of the allegations and the defendant was placed on administrative leave and then Detective Harrison form the Ingham County Sheriff's Office led the investigation," said Lisa McCormick, Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Ingham County.

The assaults allegedly occurred between 1998 and 2006. The first victim indicated to investigators that the assaults happened between ages 12 and 18. The second victim said they started when he was 15.

"We made the arrest of Misty Botke on four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree," said Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth.

Prosecutors say the investigation is ongoing.

"I would urge the public to not decide for themselves whether or not the information they have is worthy of the investigation," said McCormick. "Come forward and bring whatever information you have to Detective Harrison."

Botke has been an employee of the V.F.W. home since 1991. Sheriff Wriggelsworth says the home has been cooperative during the investigation.

"Our community needs to have faith in its institutions and it is important that we reaffirm that faith so we will do everything we can to make sure this investigation goes where it needs to," said Wriggelsworth.

Botke's next appearance in court is scheduled for October 23 at 1 p.m. If convicted, prosecutors say she faces up to life in prison.

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