Lawmaker won't face charges over alleged threatening texts

Posted at 8:32 AM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 08:32:52-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors will not charge a Detroit-area lawmaker after an investigation into allegations from a fellow lawmaker who said he sent her threatening text messages following their breakup.

The head of Ingham County’s sexual assault/domestic violence unit reviewed an investigative report into Harrison Township Republican Rep. Steve Marino submitted by Michigan State Police to Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s office in late September. The official denied prosecution, said Scott Hughes, a spokesman for Siemon’s office.

The prosecutor’s office did not immediately disclose its reasons for denying prosecution, The Detroit News reported.

The case is considered closed until or unless additional information or evidence is submitted, Hughes said.

Michigan State Police began investigating allegations against Marinoearlier this month after Birmingham Democratic Rep. Mari Manoogian told House leadership that the 31-year-old Harrison Township Republican had sent her threatening texts. Marino was removed from his committee assignments, and the incident was reported to state police.

Manoogian, 29, obtained a personal protection order against Marino shortly after reporting the incident to state police. Marino has not been on the House floor since and now needs an escort if he wishes to enter the House floor or the House Office Building.

Marino has said the allegations against him amount to “character assassination.”