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The State News article regarding this incident misquoted my statement. I stated that whoever informed the State News that sexual assault charges were going to be filed had ‘jumped the gun’, because the case was still under review at that point. It is always premature to speculate on the filing of charges during this review process: Charges can be issued, denied, or sent back to the police agency for further investigation.
I did not say, or imply, that the MSU Police ‘jumped the gun’ in their investigation of this incident. It is always appropriate for police to take a report of an alleged crime, so that the facts can be gathered and a decision on prosecution can be made. I believe that the MSU Police Officers who investigated this matter acted appropriately and professionally, and any intimation that I was critical of their conduct is incorrect.
Posted by Stuart Dunnings III, Ingham County Prosecutor 09/09/10 9:28am.