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State police search house of former Speaker Chatfield’s top aides

By: - February 15, 2022 2:24 pm

House Speaker Lee Chatfield speaks at the auto insurance reform bill signing, May 30, 2019 | Andrew Roth

As an investigation continues into former House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), who is facing allegations of sexually assaulting his sister-in-law, police raided the house of two former top Chatfield staffers Tuesday. 

Michigan State Police (MSP) searched Rob Minard’s house in Bath Township Tuesday morning. Minard worked as Chatfield’s chief of staff in 2019 and 2020, and his wife, Anne Minard, was Chatfield’s director of external affairs. 

MSP public affairs manager Shannon Banner said the department is working in conjunction with the attorney general’s office as part of an ongoing investigation, but would not specify any details about the police’s investigation at the Minard’s house.

Rebekah Chatfield | Facebook

“We will not be releasing any further information at this time,” Bannon said.

Last month, Chatfield’s 26-year-old sister-in-law, Rebekah Chatfield, accused him of sexually abusing her beginning when she was 15 years old. Jamie White, Rebekah Chatfield’s attorney, said the assaults continued until about July 2021. 

Chatfield has denied all allegations of assault, but his attorney said the two had a consensual “affair” starting when she was an adult.

Current House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) has ordered all House members and staff to retain any documents that may be of interest to the pending investigation, including emails, memos, calendars and voicemails. 

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.

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