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Prosecutor charged with hiring prostitutes in 3 counties

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Stuart Dunnings III (Source: MI Attorney General's office) Stuart Dunnings III (Source: MI Attorney General's office)
LANSING, MI (WNEM/AP) -

A prosecutor who's been the top law enforcer in Michigan's capital for nearly 20 years has been charged in three counties with hiring prostitutes and committing other crimes.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the case against Stuart Dunnings III developed from tips during a federal human-trafficking investigation.

“Human trafficking is a crime that puts people, in this case young women, into situations where their lives are endangered and where they are manipulated and brutalized. During an investigation into a suspected human trafficking ring, we discovered that one of our own was using the services of women who were being trafficked,” said Schuette.

The 63-year-old Dunnings is the elected prosecutor in Ingham County. He was charged Monday with using the services of prostitutes in Ingham, Clinton and Ionia counties over many years.

The state-local-federal investigation resulted in evidence that Dunnings allegedly paid for commercial sex (engaging in prostitution) hundreds of times in three counties with multiple women, between 2010 – 2015.

Contact with these women allegedly took place via escort websites. 

Dunnings also allegedly induced a woman to become a prostitute who had not previously been one.

Furthermore, Dunnings is charged with pandering and willful neglect of duty. He's lodged at the Ingham County jail. There was no immediate comment from his office.

Schuette says he's worked with Dunnings in a professional role and is "saddened" by the charges. Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth says it's a "huge betrayal."

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