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MI AG joins Chatfield investigation

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Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, speaks with reporters following the House's approval of a bill that would cut auto insurance premiums on May 9, 2019, in the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. State police in northern Michigan were investigating Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, after a woman accused former state House Speaker Lee Chatfield of sexually assaulting her multiple times, beginning when she was about 14 years old. The accuser, now 26, filed a criminal complaint with the Lansing Police Department, which referred it to state police earlier this week. Chatfield, 33, left the House in 2020 due to term limits

MI AG joins Chatfield investigation

The Michigan Attorney General’s office has joined the investigation into former state House Speaker Lee Chatfield. Authorities are looking into allegations of financial misconduct and sexual assault.

Chatfield, a Republican from northern Michigan, served as the House leader during the 2019-2020 session of the Legislature.

A spokesperson for Attorney General Dana Nessel confirmed the department is assisting a Michigan State Police investigation -- but would provide no details on an open case. It’s not unusual for the state to become involved in cases that may involve multiple jurisdictions.

Chatfield’s sister-in-law has accused the former speaker of sexual assault while she was a teenager. Chatfield has acknowledged an affair, but says it was consensual and took place while she was an adult.