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LCO Police Arrest Hayward School Bus Driver for Sexual Assault of a Child on the Bus

LCO Police Dept.

Press Release

Hayward, Wis- The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department, with help from the Hayward Police Department, announced today that Michael Kavanagh, age 63, was arrested on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation on October 12, 2021, for the following criminal charges:


- Sexual Assault of Child under the age of 12.

- Repeated Sexual Assault of the Same Child.

- Sexual Assault of a Child by School Staff.


Michael Kavanagh is a school bus driver for the Hayward School District in Hayward, Wis.

Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Interviewed Michael Kavanagh and took him into custody following reports of sexual abuse occurring on Michael Kavanagh’s bus (Bus# 28). Michael Kavanagh was transported to and booked into the Sawyer County Jail.


As in any Criminal proceeding, Michael Kavanagh is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If your or anyone you know may have any information to assist in this investigation, please call the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department at 715-634-8350.

This investigation is being led by the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department and is assisted by the Hayward Police Department.