UPDATE: VFW 'House Parent' Charged with Multiple Sex Crimes

By: News 10
By: News 10

A woman employed at the VFW National Home for Children in Ingham County's Onondaga Township is being charged with several sex crimes.

Misty Lynn Botke was arraigned Tuesday morning on 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct - 1st degree and 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct - 2nd degree involving two juveniles. All 7 counts are felonies. She is lodged at the Ingham County Jail with a $15,000 bond.

The investigation started in August when one victim reported the alleged crimes. The investigation revealed a second victim--- both of whom were younger than 18 at the times of the alleged crimes.

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office says Botke had been working at the VFW National Home for Children since 1991. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2006, when she was a "house parent" in a residential home and these children were in her care.

Botke was still employed by the VFW when the investigation started and has since been placed on administrative leave. The 44-year-old was arrested Monday at her home in Eaton Rapids, where a search warrant was also executed. Botke will be back in court October 23.

If you have any information about this case that could help investigators, call Detective Annie Harrison with the Ingham County Sheriff's Office at 517-676-8256.

Stay with News 10 and wilx.com as we continue to follow this developing story.

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  • by Courtney Location: Location on Oct 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM
    If found guilty, I hope she faces the same penalties as Sandusky and is not let off on probation and community service. It is time for gender equality when sentencing sexual predators. Even more so for someone who used their job to get to children. Absolutely sickening.
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