Tuesday, March 10, 2009

MA: Eighth-grade teacher denies enticing minor

Updated: 03/07/2009 08:14:15 AM EST

Saturday, March 07

An eighth-grade teacher who allegedly fled Massachusetts with a 15-year-old male student during school vacation has pleaded not guilty to a charge of enticing a minor.

Lisa Lavoie was arraigned Friday in Holyoke District Court. Judge Kenneth Cote set her bail at $25,000 and ordered Lavoie to stay with her mother. Her attorney, David Hoose, said he expected she would be released Friday.

The 24-year-old Lavoie — who's been fired from her job at a Holyoke elementary school — was brought back under police escort Thursday.

Lavoie and the teen were reported missing Feb. 16 and were found a week later in West Virginia. Lavoie was arrested and the boy was returned to his family in Massachusetts.

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