February 25, 2009
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Morgantown, West Virgina (The Weekly Vice) -- Lisa Lavoie, a 24-year-old eighth-grade teacher at Maurice Donahue Elementary School in Holyoke, Massachusetts was caught in a motel after disappearing with a 15-year-old male student.
According to police, Lavoie was captured at a Super 8 motel in Morgantown, W.V., where she was holed up with her student. Both teacher and student disappeared just three days after the boy's parents contacted a school guidance counselor about the alleged relationship back on Feb 13. Both teacher and student were missing for 8 days.
Police say the boy's parents contacted the school after finding an item in the boy's room that tipped them to allegedl relationship. Details about what was found have not been released.
School administrators did not act on the parent's report because it came just one day before school vacation, according to police.
Investigators believe the alleged affair between the two went on for months - and that some of the boy's friends were aware of the relationship.
"We got statements from a lot of people showing that there had been sexual activity between the two," said Police Chief Anthony Scott. "To satisfy the DA's office, we had to jump through a lot of hoops."
Police were able to determine Lavoie's whereabouts by tracking credit card and cell phone activity. A tip led state police to the motel where they found Lavoie's vehicle. There was a brief delay in the arrest because the pair had crossed the state line, requiring a judge in West Virginia to order a warrant for kidnapping.
Lavoie was initially arrested and booked into the North Central Regional Jail on a charge of kidnapping. She was arraigned on that charge by video on Tuesday. She also faces a charge of child enticement once she has been extradited back to Holyoke.
Lavoie's next schedule hearing is set for March 4 in Monongalia County Court in West Virginia. It's still unclear how authorities intend to transfer her back to West Virginia, once she has been extradited back to Holyoke, Mass.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
There's a few outrageous things going on in this case....and you'll likely be hearing more about it.
First of all, there's a big problem with the school. A report was filed, but because it was a day before school vacation, school officials evidently decided that they couldn't be bothered with contacting authorities. The guidance counselor who took the complaint should be fired immediately. He/she has a legal obligation to report. There's no excuse to run off on break without addressing a serious issue like this.
Secondly, the fact that these two crossed the state line shouldn't have created a big delay in the arrest. In the hour or two or three that it takes to get a warrant, a child could be harmed. After all these years, you'd think neighboring states would have issues like that ironed out better.
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