March 22 2016 07:09 AM

Wife of Ingham County prosecutor files for divorce

TUESDAY. March 22 — Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III has a new court battle — his wife of 37 years is suing him for divorce in the Ingham County Circuit Court.

Cynthia Dunnings, 59, filed the action on Friday, five days after state and county law enforcement authorities announced that her husband had been charged with 14 misdemeanors and one felony related to allegations of his involvement with prostitutes.

She is being represented by Lansing attorney Jeffrey Ray.

The two, who were married on Oct. 22, 1977, have three adult children. Her maiden name is Cynthia Duda.

The complaint, which has been assigned to Judge Janelle Lawless, uses boilerplate language seeking the divorce.

“There has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the object of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved,” the complaint reads.

She is seeking temporary spousal support as well as a restraining order preventing Dunnings from “transferring, wasting, or dissipating assets of the marital estate.”

He’s been charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of engaging a prostitute, four misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty and one felony charge of pandering, He is accused of paying at least six women thousands of dollars in cash and gifts over five years in exchange for sexual services.