LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Last month, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III was charged with 15 counts relating to prostitution.
However, the Ingham County Sheriff says there could be more to this story.
Since the headlines broke regarding Stuart Dunnings III, allegations continue to escalate.
The Sheriff says they’re looking into whether the prosecutor used his influence in sex crime cases.
“We have tips…some of them are interesting that require follow up and we’re working on it,” said Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth.
Dunnings was charged with:
Pandering: 1 Count;
Engaging in the services of prostitution: 10 Counts;
Willful neglect of duty: 4 Counts.
But Wriggelsworth, who has known Dunnings for decades finds the new allegations shocking. “I think it’s a disappointment for the county certainly, I mean he’s a long standing pillar of our criminal justice system here.”
Now he says finding out if there’s truth to these tips, is the goal.
“We’ve got a number of allegations that are on the table and the attorney general’s office are going to vigorously prosecute them we’ll just have to see where it goes from there,” Wriggelsworth stated.
The attorney general’s office released a statement to 6 News stating: “We have received tips to the Dunnings investigation hotline. Tips that are substansive will be made part of the investigation.”
And it comes to no surprise that many people are upset over these allegations.
“We did a lot of things together politically so yeah…it’s pretty disappointing,” said Wriggelsworth.
Dunnings is presumed innocent until proven guilty and will continue his role as prosecuting attorney until July 2nd. But there’s no telling when the case against the former prosecutor might end.
“This is an ongoing investigation we continue to get tips on it and they will be investigated,” Wriggelsworth mentioned.