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Ex-prosecutor in Lansing pleads guilty in prostitution probe

Courtesy photo, Ingham County

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."