IMAGE: Brian Kolodziej

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — A former assistant state attorney general has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty by a public officer.

Brian Kolodziej also agreed Wednesday to a 5-year suspension of his law license, according to the Kent County prosecutor's office.

Two felony charges of misconduct in office were dismissed. A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

Kolodziej was charged in December, more than a year after he was forced to resign when authorities learned he had an intimate relationship with a woman while handling her allegations of sexual assault.

Kolodziej was prosecuting a former Central Michigan University student who insisted he had consensual sex with the woman in 2016 after meeting her at a Mount Pleasant bar. The former student pleaded no contest to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sent to prison.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel agreed the former student could withdraw his plea after Kolodziej’s relationship was uncovered in 2019. He subsequently pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and was moved to a county jail for the remainder of his one-year sentence.

Kolodziej’s sentencing is scheduled for July 16. The misdemeanor charge carries up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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