Misty Botke, a 44-year-old woman who worked as a house parent for a VFW National Home for Children, was arrested on October 15th on seven charges of criminal sexual conduct. Botke was released on a $15,000 bond following her arraignment on Tuesday in 55th District Court in Mason. She was arrested at her Eaton Rapids home; Botke’s attorney, Lawrence Nolan, told news reporters that his client pleaded not guilty and expects to be vindicated.
Botke faces seven felony charges which include 4 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 3 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The victims were juveniles at the time of the alleged offenses.
One of the two victims, who were both under 18 years of age, reported the crimes in August; investigators then began delving into the alleged crimes, which were reported to have occurred between 1998 and 2006. It was during the investigation that a second potential victim was revealed. According to the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Botke began working at the children’s home in 1991. The children at the residential home were under her care in her role as a house parent.
Botke has been placed on administrative leave, but was still in the employ of the children’s home when investigations began. She will be back in court on October 23rd according to news reports. The alleged victims are now adults.
Experienced Michigan sex crime lawyers know that those who are convicted on charges of first- or second-degree criminal sexual conduct face serious and even life-altering consequences. Depending on the circumstances, an individual convicted on first-degree CSC charges may face a mandatory minimum 25 years in prison or even life; he/she may also be subject to registration on the sex offender registry, and electronic monitoring for a lifetime.
If you have been accused of any sex-related offense whether guilty or innocent, it is critical that you consult with a capable Michigan sex offender defense attorney right away in order to protect your legal rights and freedom. Without skilled legal counsel it is doubtful that you will reach a positive outcome.