CAPAC, Mich. (WXYZ) - Capac Councilman Gregory Vanneste, a trusted elected official, is now accused of sexually violating a girl under the age of 16.
It is alleged the 43-year-old sexually assaulted the teen more than once. Michigan State police said he also kidnapped her and there was a firearm was involved.
“It’s sad. It’s hard to believe that it happened here,” said an unidentified neighbor.
Village Council President Mark Krug refused to comment on the allegations. Vanneste is now charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Kidnapping, Felonious Assault, and Felony Firearms.
Those who work in town told 7 Action News they were not surprised by the allegations.
“I just thought he was nothing but trouble-- he was creepy,” said Julie Keding,a waitress who works at Champion Bar.
David Miller, who often did repairs for Vanneste, heard about the arrest Wednesday afternoon.
He said Vanneste’s behavior never indicated he would be capable of such a crime.
“He’s an ex-marine,” said Miller. “I used to work for him in tool repair. He was a pretty nice guy, it’s hard to believe.”
Vanneste is in the St. Clair county jail. His bond was set a $750,000 and he is expected back in court on September 11.
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