Trustee Accused Of Soliciting Sex In Police Sting 11-11-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Trustee Accused Of Soliciting Sex In Police Sting 11-11-2010

A newly elected Carrollton Township Board of Trustees member and former school board member, Ronald J. Gnatkowski, is facing a charge of accosting and soliciting an undercover male detective in a city park for sexual favors.
Gnatkowski, 66, was arrested May 20 at Wickes Park after an incident involving a Saginaw County sheriff’s detective.
He was elected to the township board earlier this month after he beat out his Republican cousin in the election.
While the incident happened back in May, months before the recent election, but will the charges have any impact on his job?
"It’s disappointing news to us, but Mr. Gnatkowski will have his day in court,” said Carrollton Township director Craig Oatten. “Depending on what happens, we'll go from there."
"His position by law is solid,” said Oatten. “The township board has no authority for any kind of removal and so, when the election is certified, he'll have the right to be sworn in as trustee."
TV5 made a trip to Gnatkowski's house to give him a chance to defend himself to the people who put him in office. He wasn't home. In the meantime, the township director says Gnatkowski will have to reassure the people of Carrollton.
"Things like character and integrity are very important and when you're asking for the public trust, those are very important things to have," said Oatten.
An important character that some in the public say is now in question.
Gnatkowski is expected to enter a plea on the misdemeanor charge later this month.
The maximum penalty for accosting and soliciting is 93 days in jail or $500 in fines.
Gnatkowski is also a retired teacher from Saginaw Township's Plainfield Elementary School, according to published reports.

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