Man to face charges in higher court for indecent exposure

ESCANABA – A Rapid River man was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on six counts of indecent exposure relating to incidents allegedly occurring during a two-year period.

Thomas Anthony LaVigne, 29, was arrested last month when police tracked him at his home after receiving a detailed description of his vehicle following the most recent incident earlier that day. On April 11, LaVigne was arrested for one life felony and five high court misdemeanors.

In connection with the most recent incident which occurred between Rapid River and Gladstone, LaVigne is charged with one count of aggravated indecent exposure by a sexually-delinquent person. This felony carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

According to the police complaint, a sexually-delinquent person means, “The defendant was a person whose sexual behavior was characterized by repetitive or compulsive acts which indicate a disregard of the consequences or the recognized rights of other.”

Each of the five high-court misdemeanor charges of aggravated indecent exposure carry a maximum sentencing of two years imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.

These five counts relate to the following: two separate incidents in Wells on March 6, 2014 and May 18, 2012; two separate incidents at Bay College on March 4, 2014 and Feb. 14. 2014; and one incident in Gladstone on Dec. 27, 2013.

Agencies involved in the investigations of these cases were the Delta County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Gladstone Public Safety, and Escanaba Public Safety.

LaVigne remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in circuit court on May 21 for a pretrial conference to determine if he will make a plea or go to trial.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,