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Sister-in-law of former Michigan House Speaker accuses him of raping her for YEARS

A sister-in-law of Michigan’s former House Speaker has been recognized as the lady who has accused the Republican lawmaker of raping her for greater than a decade – with the sexual abuse beginning when she was a 15-year-old scholar at a Christian academy the place he was a trainer. 

Rebekah Chatfield, 26, got here ahead to element her ordeal after submitting the legal criticism in opposition to Lee Chatfield final month, accusing Michigan’s youngest House speaker in additional than a century of sexually assaulting her a number of instances whereas she attended Northern Michigan Christian Academy, which was run by his household. 

Lee Chatfield, 33, who was elected in 2014, was the House Speaker in 2019 and 2020 and headed the delegation of seven Michigan GOP leaders who met with then-President Donald Trump on the White House as he tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s win within the state. 

The abuse by the married politician, who left workplace in 2021 on account of time period limits, continued via final 12 months, in line with the criticism.

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Michigan police on Thursday mentioned they’re investigating her allegations.  

Rebekah Chatfield, 26, married Aaron Chatfield, the younger brother of Michigan's former House Speaker Lee Chatfield, whom she accused of raping her for years

Rebekah Chatfield, 26, married Aaron Chatfield, the youthful brother of Michigan’s former House Speaker Lee Chatfield, whom she accused of raping her for years

Lee Chatfield, the youngest House speaker in more than a century, was the Republican leader for two years before he left the House in 2021 due to term limits

Lee Chatfield, the youngest House speaker in additional than a century, was the Republican chief for two years earlier than he left the House in 2021 on account of time period limits

Aaron and Rebekah Chatfield met at the Christian academy and got married seven years ago

Aaron and Rebekah Chatfield met on the Christian academy and acquired married seven years in the past

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Rebekah married the politician’s youthful brother Aaron in 2014 after the 2 met on the Christian academy in Burt Lake – the place the brothers’ father, a pastor, was the superintendent of the college. 

Lee Chatfield didn’t deny having an affair along with his brother’s sister however his lawyer characterised interactions with ‘the lady who’s now claiming she was raped’ as  consensual. 

‘He didn’t assault this girl in any method throughout their years-long grownup relationship. He intends to vigorously struggle these false claims,’ mentioned the lawyer, Mary Chartier.   

‘Their affair lasted for years, however they had been each consenting adults.’    

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In an Interview with Bridge Michigan, Rebekah detailed the years of alleged abuse after conserving the affair secret for greater than a decade as a result of she was too ashamed and afraid to inform anybody, together with her pals, relations or her husband, she mentioned. 

Lee Chatfield (right) met with then-President Donald Trump in 2020 as he tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's win in the state

Lee Chatfield (proper) met with then-President Donald Trump in 2020 as he tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s win within the state

‘He destroyed me, and has managed my life since I used to be 15-16, the previous 10-11 years,’ she mentioned. ‘And I do know the one method to get justice for that is to return ahead and to file a legal (criticism) in opposition to him.’ 

Chatfield mentioned the abuse began earlier than she married Aaron Chatfield after they had been each 19 and continued all through Lee Chatfield’s tenure in workplace.

She mentioned the primary occasion of abuse passed off within the basement stairway of the Chatfields’ dwelling when she was 15 years previous.

She mentioned as she tried to go upstairs, Lee blocked her and started groping her via her garments.

‘Eventually he stopped after which he acquired up, walked to open the door and he let me return as much as my room,’ she mentioned. ‘That was simply the beginning of it.’ 

In Michigan, 15-year-olds cannot legally consent to intercourse and adults may be charged with statutory rape for having intercourse with teenagers below 16. 

Chatfield, who mentioned she by no means stored a diary or proof of her encounters with Lee out of concern her husband would discover it, alleges the assaults continued ‘extra instances than I can rely’ through the years, Bridge reported.  

The Chatfield family poses for a family photograph (Aaron and Lee pictured next to each other far left)

The Chatfield household poses for a household {photograph} (Aaron and Lee pictured subsequent to one another far left) 

Lee Chatfield's (pictured second from right) coached Rebekah on the soccer team at the Christian academy run by his father

Lee Chatfield’s (pictured second from proper) coached Rebekah on the soccer staff on the Christian academy run by his father

She mentioned issues escalated when Lee would discover excuses to textual content her late at evening and would enter the visitor room the place she slept and grope her whereas she lay surprised and scared. 

She mentioned the encounters had been usually brief as a result of Lee’s spouse was within the couple’s close by bed room however over time the abuse finally changed into undesirable intercourse.

Chatfield mentioned when she met Lee she was a susceptible high-schooler with a troubled dwelling life and he took her below his wing, permitting her to remain in a single day at his household dwelling along with his spouse and their younger kids. Rebekah would even baby-sit occasionally. 

Lee Chatfield was a younger trainer at Northern Michigan Christian Academy who taught a number of of Rebekah’s lessons and was an assistant coach for her soccer staff.  

‘I had lots of household stuff happening in my life,’ she mentioned. ‘My dad was a recovering alcoholic, and so I consider that Lee used these (circumstances) in opposition to me and helped take benefit of me. So he would manipulate me, he would mess with my feelings.’  

Lee Chatfield allegedly began assaulting the victim as a teen while she attended Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church (pictured) and Northern Michigan Christian Academy

Lee Chatfield allegedly started assaulting the sufferer as a teen whereas she attended Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church (pictured) and Northern Michigan Christian Academy

But after years of silence, Rebekah lastly opened up about her alleged abuse with her household, pals and husband in December in addition to reaching out to Lansing Police. 

Aaron Chatfield, 26,  has additionally come ahead to publicly assist his spouse, Bridge reported. 

He says whereas he was not conscious of the alleged assaults by his brother he did have suspicions years in the past about his brother’s shut conduct with Rebekah.

‘Lee portrays himself as a [traditional] household man, a conservative man who believes within the Bible and the Bible is so necessary,’ mentioned Aaron, 26. ‘It could not be farther from who my man was as an individual.’     

The politician’s lawyer additionally revealed that Chatfield has had a number of extramarital affairs all through the years. 

‘Mr. Chatfield deeply regrets the selections he has made. It has brought about nice ache to his spouse and household, and they’re working via this collectively,’ Chartier mentioned.

‘But he didn’t assault this girl in any method throughout their years-long grownup relationship. He intends to vigorously struggle these false claims.’  

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