By Ally Hamzey, Erica Marra, and Katie Dudlets
The Meridian Times Staff Reporters
In the aftermath of the arrest of Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III, Ingham County residents are left acknowledging the presence of human trafficking within their community. Mason resident Denise Maurer said the Dunnings arrest put the issue of human trafficking in perspective. “I think we just want human trafficking to go away and to not think that could be really happening in the United States, that our own people are trafficking our own people,“ Maurer said. “But I know now that it’s happening here.”
A state-local-federal investigation revealed that Dunnings allegedly engaged in commercial sex hundreds of times with multiple women over the course of five years. Dunnings is facing 10 counts of engaging in the services of prostitution, one count of prostitution/pandering and four counts of willful neglect of duty in the counties of Ingham, Clinton and Ionia as a result of this investigation.
By Laina Stebbins, Holly Osmer and Brendan Wilner
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporters
Charges against Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III were announced at a March 14 press conference, and aftershocks continue to resonate throughout the community. Still, the official word at the prosecutor’s office is that it’s business as usual. “Our office does not have any comment on the charges against Mr. Dunnings,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick in an email. “The day to day business of the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office continues to be performed by the attorneys and staff.” McCormick has assumed Dunnings’ duties in his absence.
By Griffin Wasik, Andy Merkle, and Xin Wen
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporters
Ingham County residents were stunned, shocked, and disappointed upon learning that Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III was arrested due to a human trafficking investigation. Tina Timm, a professor at the School of Social Work at Michigan State University, said she was stunned with Dunnings’ arrest. “He was such a strong advocate to eliminate those issues,” Timm said. “It’s fascinating to me, the louder they protest something, and the more of a psychological need there is to actually do these things behind the scenes. “Dunnings’ wife also filed for divorce.