Prosecutors will not charge a Macomb County lawmaker after an investigation into the allegations of a fellow lawmaker who said he sent him threatening text messages 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.
Sarah Pulda, chief prosecutor in the Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Child Crimes Division, confirmed on Tuesday that she had determined the charges were not justified.
“We are not in a position to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Pulda said, quoted by the Detroit Free Press.
Marino’s attorney, Michael Rataj, told the Macomb Daily on Tuesday that he agreed with the prosecutor’s decision. He had vowed to aggressively contest the case.
âThere are no facts to justify any type of crime,â Rataj said.
Contacted by The Oakland Press on Monday, Kelly McClintock, Manoogian’s lawyer, said she would not comment until the pending legal proceedings are resolved.
The MSP began investigating the allegations against Marino earlier this month after Birmingham Democratic Representative Mari Manoogian told House leaders that Marino, 31, sent him threatening texts. Marino was immediately removed from his committee duties.
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.
The limited-time Marino was charged with domestic violence committed by Manoogian after what she described as a volatile relationship that ended in a flurry of intimidating text messages.
The couple had a personal relationship that ended over a year ago. In the months that followed, Marino sent him a series of texts. She applied for a personal protection order which was granted.
According to a court file in support of the OPP, Manoogian said the texts contained threats such as he hoped his “car would explode on entering” and “you are truly the worst human being I have ever met … just a parasite. . “
Marino said the allegations against him amounted to “personal murder”.
A former Macomb County lobbyist and commissioner, Marino was first elected to State House in 2016. He has been re-elected three times.
Associated Press contributed to this report