Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cottleville Teacher Forced Sex Acts on Unconscious Student, Threatened Suicide If He Told Police, Prosecutors Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cottleville Teacher Forced Sex Acts on Unconscious Student, Threatened Suicide If He Told Police, Prosecutors Say

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COTTLEVILLE * A Fort Zumwalt School District teacher here forced sexual acts on a teenage student in July and threatened to kill himself if the student told authorities, prosecutors say.

Craig Alan Lachance, 29, of Cottleville, was charged Friday with first-degree sodomy and tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution, according to court documents. Both charges are felonies.

Lachance was a choir instructor at Fort Zumwalt East High School in July when he texted a 17-year-old male student and invited him to his apartment on Fulton Street, police said. The teenager agreed to the visit, and Lachance drove to a discreet location near the teenager's house to pick him up and take him back to his apartment.

Lachance gave the teenager enough alcoholic beverages that the teenager became drunk, police said. The teenager told Lachance he did not feel well, and Lachance took him to his bedroom.

The teenager passed out and awoke later to find Lachance performing sexual acts on him, police said.

Lachance told the teenager that he would kill himself if the teen notified authorities, police said. …

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