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Lawmaker will not be charged for alleged threatening texts

ByJanice K. Merrill

Oct 26, 2021

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Prosecutors will not charge a Detroit-area lawmaker after an investigation into the allegations of a fellow lawmaker who said he texted him threateningly after their split.

The head of the Ingham County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit reviewed an investigative report on Harrison Township Republican Representative Steve Marino submitted by Michigan State Police to the office from prosecutor Carol Siemon at the end of September. The official denied the charges, said Scott Hughes, spokesperson for Siemon’s office.

The prosecutor’s office did not immediately disclose the reasons for his refusal to prosecute, The Detroit News reported.

The case is considered closed until or unless additional information or evidence is submitted, Hughes said.

Michigan State Police began investigating the allegations against Marino earlier this month after Birmingham Democratic Representative Mari Manoogian told House leaders that the Harrison Township Republican, aged 31 years old, had sent him threatening texts. Marino was removed from his committee duties and the incident was reported to state police.

Manoogian, 29, obtained a personal protection order against Marino shortly after reporting the incident to state police. Marino has not been upstairs since and now needs an escort if he wishes to enter the upstairs of the house or the administrative building of the house.

Marino said the allegations against him amounted to “personal murder”.

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