Labatte, of Granite Falls, is charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct, and one count each of domestic assault by strangulation and threats of violence. The accused sexual predator is being held on $80,000 bond and is due back in court Oct. 9.
Labatte’s public defender, Catherine Turner, didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
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