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Prosecutor Forwards LPD ‘Backdating’ Case To Attorney General

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LANSING (WLNS) – The case of a Lansing police detective accused of backdating a police report during the trial of a man accused of raping a mentally ill woman is heading to the attorney general's office to be assigned to a special prosecutor.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III said on Monday that his office is recusing itself of the case because of a conflict of interest.

Last October, prosecutors found a discrepancy in a case they were trying against Bryan Farmer, a man charged with criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors say the lead detective on the case, Catherine Farrell, turned in a supplemental police report during the trial dated for April 2012. It was later discovered that the report was created in October 2013.

At that point, Ingham County prosecutors notified the Lansing Police Department, and officials there later confirmed the report was indeed generated in October of 2013, and not April of 2012. Farrell was placed on administrative leave and LPD handed the case over to Michigan State Police.

A lieutenant with MSP confirmed Monday the investigation on Farrell has been completed, and was forwarded to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office. Dunnings said the case will be forwarded to the attorney general's office this week so that a special prosecutor can handle the case.

Farrell has not been charged with any crimes. LPD has said if the allegations against Farrell turn out to be true, she could face termination.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at

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