UPDATE: Attorney General reaction over prosecutor resignation

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UPDATE: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel just held a press conference over the allegations that a former state prosecutor had an inappropriate relationship with a victim.

“On Thursday, September 5th, I was notified by the Michigan State Police of allegations of prosecutorial misconduct involving now former Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej – specifically, his alleged involvement in an improper relationship with a victim in a case assigned to him shortly after he was hired last September. Within an hour of this notice, Mr. Kolodziej was placed on administrative leave,” said Nessel.

Brian Kolodziej, was the prosecutor that handled the sexual assault case of Ian Elliott, who is a former Central Michigan University student government president. Kolodziej resigned Friday.

“I’m deeply disturbed by even the allegations and I’m going to make sure that never happens again during the tenure of my office,” said Nessel.

“Ethics, integrity and transparency in my office and in government in general are incredibly important to me.” said Nessel at the beginning of the press conference she scheduled regarding the resignation of Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej.

“Finally, let me say this: This man’s actions do not define our department, but our response will.”

ORIGINAL STORY: MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – A lawyer says a state prosecutor has resigned after the attorney general’s office learned that he had a relationship with a woman in a sexual misconduct case in central Michigan.

Joe Barberi tells The Morning Sun that he was informed Monday. He had represented Ian Elliott, who pleaded no contest to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Isabella County and is serving a year in prison.

Elliott’s case was handled by Brian Kolodziej, an assistant attorney general. The 41-year-old former film actor resigned Friday.

Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to talk to reporters Tuesday in Lansing and you can watch that live on WLNS.com at 4:00 p.m.

Barberi says “it’s a sad day for prosecutors everywhere.” Kolodziej couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Elliott is a former Central Michigan University student who was accused of sexually assaulting two women.

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