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Prosecutor facing prostitution-related charges applies for his pension

Ingham Co. Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Ingham Co. Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings faces 15 charges related to soliticing prostitutes.

Stuart Dunnings, Ingham County's disgraced prosecutor, has filed an application to begin receiving his pension benefits.

Dunnings will officially step down on July 1, after he was accused of paying prostitutes for sex hundreds of times. 

He faces 15 charges in three separate counties. Preliminary exams in the cases have not yet been scheduled.

Dunnings' pension plan, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan (MERS), says it will not disclose how much he will receive.

MERS offers a defined benefit, based on how long an employee worked and how much money the employee made at the time of retirement.

Dunnings was Ingham County prosecutor for 20 years, making $132,000 a year at the end of his career.

Former state Senator Gretchen Whitmer was selected to fill the remainder of Dunnings' term.  The next election for county prosecutor is in November.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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