Category: Elizabeth Miklosovic

Girl wanted to shield teacher

A 14-year-old girl who allegedly married her teacher in a pagan ritual in the woods of northern Michigan cried after learning the woman was in trouble with police. “She’s wanting to protect the teacher” from charges of sexual assault, said State Police Sgt. Diane Oppenheim, who investigated the case. “She’s starting to understand she’s probably a victim, and that it was wrong. She’s going to need help.” Elizabeth Miklosovic, 36, of Grand Rapids, is accused of sexually assaulting the girl five times since the do-it-yourself June wedding in the Manistee National Forest in Manistee County, Oppenheim said. Miklosovic, a seventh-grade

Local pagans stand by law of land

Danielle Woodwyk says her pagan faith is about love, but worries others may draw darker conclusions from a criminal-sexual conduct case police say involved paganism. The Kentwood mother says nothing in her religion condones the sexual relationship and pagan marriage that authorities say teacher Elizabeth Miklosovic, 36, had with a 14-year-old former student. “We support bonds of love, whatever you feel is right for you, but you have laws to abide by,” said Woodwyk, 24. Other members of West Michigan’s small pagan community also condemned Miklosovic’s alleged use of a pagan ceremony to initiate the abuse. “Paganism strives for responsibility,”

Police say teacher “wed’ 14-year-old girl in pagan ritual

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A teacher and a 14-year-old former student whom she is accused of sexually assaulting participated in witchcraft together and even “wed” in a pagan ritual, police said. Elizabeth Miklosovic, 36, a teacher at South Haven’s Baseline Middle School, was arraigned Thursday in South Haven District Court on a Van Buren County charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, Miklosovic faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. She was ordered held on $100,000 bond and remained in the county jail Friday. Also Thursday, the Kent County prosecutor’s office issued arrest warrants for Miklosovic on