Michigan prosecutor resigning over prostitution charges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan prosecutor said Tuesday he will resign from office after being charged with hiring prostitutes hundreds of times and paying for sex with a woman who wanted help in a child custody dispute.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III submitted a letter of resignation to county officials, effective July 2. He is taking a medical leave of absence until then and said he will not run for re-election this year. He did not give details in the letter about medical issues but previously asked judges for permission to leave the state for treatment.

The 63-year-old Dunnings — who has been the elected Democratic prosecutor in Michigan’s capital area for nearly 20 years — has been charged with using the services of prostitutes, enticing a woman to become a prostitute and willful neglect of duty.

A message seeking comment was left for Michael Hocking, one of Dunnings’ lawyers.

The case developed from tips during a federal human-trafficking investigation.

Dunnings is accused of meeting prostitutes through websites and allegedly told some of the women he was the county prosecutor. He paid one woman for sex as many as three or four times a week over five years, while another prostitute had sex with him more than 200 times, according to the state attorney general.

According to an affidavit filed by an Ingham County detective, one woman emailed Stuart Dunnings, telling him she had been the victim of domestic violence and asking for help in a custody fight. He invited her to lunch, said he was aware she was struggling financially and proposed paying her for a sexual relationship.

The woman, identified as W-6, told investigators she ultimately felt she had no choice but to accept.