A former Gaylord teacher has been convicted of multiple criminal sexual conduct charges after two former Grace Baptist School students said they were sexually assaulted by one of their teachers in 2002 and 2003, state police say from Michigan.

The victims, aged 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged assaults, identified the former teacher as Aaron Willand, now 45. MSP says he worked for the school from August 2001 to June 2003 before leaving the state.

In 2019, Otsego County District Attorney Brendan Curran reviewed the case and was able to obtain arrest warrants. Willand, who now lives in Arlington, Washington, returned to Michigan in 2019 and surrendered.

During his arraignment, he was charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree (person between 13 and 15 years old), four counts of second degree CSC (person under 13 years old, defendant over 17 years old) and in the fourth degree of the CSC (victim between 13 and 16 years old).

Willard was sentenced on Friday for the following:

  • Criminal sexual behavior victim in the first degree under the age of 13, i.e. from 135 months to 40 years old
  • Criminal sexual conduct second degree, which is 57 months to 15 years
  • Third degree of criminal sexual conduct, which is 85 months to 15 years
  • Fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, which is 17 months to two years.

All these sentences will be carried out simultaneously.

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