CREDIT MICHIGAN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Michigan’s Capital City is being rocked by a sex scandal leading to the very heart of local government. Long time Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III has been charged with 15 criminal counts including a felony for his alleged use of prostitutes and links to a human trafficking ring in and around Lansing over the past four or five years.

Attorney General Bill Schuette, during a midday news conference called for Dunnings to resign his position, as the trust of his office has been “violated” and broken. Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth echoed those sentiments and asked “what would we do if we present similar charges to the prosecutors office and are denied?”

Dunnings was arrested early this morning outside a local coffee shop and taken to the county jail in Mason for booking. He is expected to be arraigned later today.

Schuette said the investigation began with an FBI probe into a human trafficking case that led them to disturbing evidence that Dunnings was involved in an ongoing basis of hiring numerous young women working as prostitutes. These young women were “Beaten, bruised, brutalized, assaulted and given drugs.”

“This is a case that the chief law enforcement officer in the capital city of Michigan, an elected official”, Schuette continued, “violated the law, it is a betrayal of public trust.”

Dunnings has been formally charged with 15 counts including soliciting prostitution, neglect of duty and enticing a women to engage in sexual activity for money. The enticing charge is a felony and the Attorney General said a woman was lured to perform sexual acts for money for the very first time.

The AG’s office has also set up a hotline to encourage anyone else that may have been victimized by Dunnings or others to call. The hotline is 517.241.6556.