Lawyer for Chatfield accuser asks church, school to preserve records

The regulation agency for a woman accusing former Household Speaker Lee Chatfield of sexually abusing

The regulation agency for a woman accusing former Household Speaker Lee Chatfield of sexually abusing her when she was about 15 is seeking the preservation of all electronically saved details at theBurt Lake church run by Chatfield’s father and the college where Chatfield taught.

The see mailed Tuesday by Okemos-dependent White Regulation PLLC informed Northern Michigan Baptist Bible Church and Northern Michigan Christian Academy that their shopper may be submitting a lawsuit or initiating other legal proceedings associated to “the sexual abuse of our consumer fully commited by Mr. Chatfield from somewhere around 2010 through 2021.”

The church and faculty, attorney Alexander Rusek wrote, are obligated less than condition and federal legislation to maintain all records “possibly appropriate to this dispute.”

“You ought to anticipate that a lot of the data issue to disclosure or responsive to discovery in this scenario is stored on your recent and previous personal computer systems and other media and units (including personal digital assistants, voice-messaging techniques, on the internet repositories and cell telephones),” Rusek wrote. 

Rusty Chatfield, the previous speaker’s father and president of the church and faculty, reported Tuesday he’d not but been given any type of lawful keep or preservation letter from the legislation agency. 

The observe from the legislation business will come three times right after the Michigan House’s standard counsel informed lawmakers to “secure and preserve” any documents connected to Chatfield’s perform when in office or relevant to his use of House assets.