Ex-Lansing Police officer charged with sexual assault

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A former Lansing Police officer is charged with sexual assault and distributing obscene material to children while on assignment in a local high school.

Matthew Priebe was placed on administrative leave when the accusations surfaced May 31 when several students expressed concerns about his behavior.

Today Priebe was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, attempted fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of assault and battery and distributing obscene material to children. 

Priebe, a 10-year-veteran of the LPD, resigned June 22 before the LPD finished its internal investigation.

Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski said if Priebe is guilty of the charges, he should be held accountable like anyone else.

“To say that I’m disappointed would be an understatement, but I think it’s important to know and understand that he doesn’t represent the entire organization. That we quickly took action as soon as we were made aware of the allegations, and we removed his policing authority. And he resigned before we had the opportunity to hold him accountable in our own internal investigation,” Yankowski said.

The Lansing School District says it is continuing its own investigation, but declined to comment further. Michigan State Police are handling the criminal investigation.

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