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Former Gaylord Teacher Sentenced for Multiple Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

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Aaron Willand

A former Gaylord teacher has been sentenced for multiple criminal sexual conduct charges after two former students at Grace Baptist School said they were sexually assaulted by one of their teachers in 2002 and 2003, according to Michigan State Police.

The victims, 12- and 14-years-old at the time of the alleged assaults, identified the former teacher as Aaron Willand, now 45-years-old. MSP says he worked for the school from August 2001 until June 2003 before moving out of state.

In 2019, Otsego County Prosecutor Brendan Curran reviewed the case and was able to get arrest warrants. Willand, who now lives in Arlington, Washington, returned to Michigan in 2019 and turned himself in.

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

Willard was sentenced Friday for the following:

  • Criminal sexual conduct first degree victim under 13, which is 135 months to 40 years
  • Criminal sexual conduct second degree, which is 57 months to 15 years
  • Criminal sexual conduct third degree, which is 85 months to 15 years
  • Criminal sexual conduct fourth degree, which is 17 months to two years.

All of these sentences will run concurrently.