A mid-Michigan woman faces seven criminal sexual conduct charges from her time as a house parent for a VFW National Home for Children.
Misty Botke was arraigned Tuesday in 55th District Court in Mason and released on a $15,000 bond.
The 44-year-old was arrested Monday at her Eaton Rapids home, southwest of Lansing.
Botke was placed on administrative leave in August.
Authorities say the sexual abuse happened between 1998 and 2006 in a residential home.
Authorities say they began investigating one report on Aug. 15. That led to a second person.
Two of the complainants were under Botke's care at the time. They're now adults.
Defense lawyer Lawrence Nolan says Botke pleaded not guilty Tuesday and expects to be vindicated.
"Our children remain at the heart of our mission,” said Patrice Green, executive director of the VFW National Home for Children. “And it is our duty to make sure they are protected. We are working with the Prosecutor, the Sheriff and the proper state agencies to gain a better understanding of what they have concluded, based on their investigation, and are continuing to do everything we can to help get to the truth. We have also been in touch with our families and staff to keep them up-to-date. This is a very difficult and heartbreaking situation and we will do whatever we can to make sure the children and families that we care for are protected."