Prosecutor Gets Charged In Human TRAFFICKING Case
Michigan Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III will be taking a turn in the defendants chair soon. Dunnings was just charged with 15 counts related to a human trafficking case.
Strangely, he wasn’t even the one initially being investigated. The case was originally focused on a man named Tyrone Smith. Smith was believed to be involved in a human trafficking ring.
According to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, witnesses in the Smith case provided information that led to Dennings.
The accusations go as far back as 2010 and include incidents as recent as 2015.
Evidently, Dennings made contact with women from three different counties through an escort website. He then paid for sex “hundreds of times.”
Per WLNS the official charges and possible penalties are:
10 counts of engaging the services of a prostitute. That’s a misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine for each count.
4 counts of “willful neglect of duty” because he didn’t report violations of the law, which Schuette says he’s supposed to do as a prosecutor. That’s also a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
1 count of prostitution/pandering – because Schuette says Dunning encouraged a woman who hadn’t been a prostitute before to take money for sex. That’s a felony, and if convicted, Dunnings could face 20 years in a Michigan prison.
Also facing two charges of engaging the services of prostitution is Dennings’ brother, Steven.
Tyrone Smith, the original suspect in the case, has plead guilty to three counts of sex trafficking. A minor was involved in one of those cases. His sentencing has not, yet, taken place.
Next for prosecutor Dennings is a preliminary examination. During this, he will get to hear the evidence against him. From there a judge will decide whether or not to proceed with trial based on what is presented.
Should Dennings be tried and convicted, just imagine his stay in jail alongside some of the criminals he put there. Justice may be blind, but she’s not deaf. I’ll bet she smirks just a little when this story reaches her ears.
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan