March 29 2016 10:15 AM

Ingham County prosecutor quits effective July 2

TUESDAY March 29 —Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III submitted his letter of resignation this morning, effective July 2.

The letter was sent Ingham County Circuit Chief Judge Janelle Lawless, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, and Ingham County Board of Comissioners Chairman Kara Hope.


Until then, Dunnings will be on a medical leave. Last week his lawyers sought permission for him to attend a treatment program in Tennessee. That program is a 35-day inpatient program. What specifically he is seeking treatment for is unclear.

Dunnings is facing criminal charges related to prostitution. He was charged earlier this month with 10 misdemeanor counts of engaging the services of a prostitute, four misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty and one felony count of pandering. The charges came after an extensive investigation by the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department. That investigation was triggered by a federal grand jury investigation into trafficking in Lansing.

Dunnnings also said in the letter he will not seek re-election to the post of prosecutor, a political position he has held since 1997 after winning a 1996 election.