Former Ingham Co. Prosecutor pleads guilty in prostitution case

Posted at 2:49 PM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 17:43:06-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Lansing-area prosecutor forced out of office in a scandal over prostitutes has pleaded guilty.

Stuart Dunnings III pleaded guilty Tuesday to misconduct in office, a felony, and soliciting a prostitute, a misdemeanor. He struck a deal with the attorney general's office in exchange for the dismissal of 14 other charges in three counties.

Attorney General Bill Schuette says he'll seek a prison sentence for the 63-year-old Dunnings, who was the Ingham County prosecutor for nearly 20 years.

Dunnings declined to comment after the court hearing in Jackson.

He was arrested at a coffee shop in March. Authorities pursued Dunnings based on information gathered during a human-trafficking investigation.

Schuette says Dunnings was a public servant "who only served himself."