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      TCAPS teacher charged with CSC

      Update: A teacher with Traverse City Public Schools is behind bars Monday night, charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct. Lisa Placek was arraigned via video camera from her jail cell at around 3:30pm Monday afternoon.

      She's being charged with criminal sexual conduct with a 15 year-old male student.

      Court documents allege that she performed a sex- act on the teen. The contact happened off school grounds, in Leelanau County, during Christmas break.

      The Preliminary Hearing is set for February 10th at 1:00 pm. Placek is being held in jail without bond.


      The investigation continues into a Traverse City West Senior High School teacher who is alleged to have had illegal sexual contact with a student. Traverse City Area Public Schools superintendent, Steven Cousins sent out a letter to TCAPS parents and staff Monday morning regarding the issue.

      Read his statement.

      The Leelanau County Prosecutor's Office has authorized criminal charges against Lisa Placek including CSC first degree. Placek is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at 3 p.m.

      Since the allegations came about last week, TCAPS immediately removed Placek from the classroom and placed her on leave. She was terminated from the TCAPS district on January 24th.

      7&4 News will continue to follow this developing story and bring you updates as soon as they are available.