Ex-Lansing officer pleads no contest to sex assault charges

Lansing – A former police officer has pleaded no contest to charges that he attempted to kiss and molest three girls at a Lansing high school and in his patrol vehicle.

Matthew Priebe will be sentenced in October on criminal sexual conduct, assault and battery and other charges.

Priebe was jailed Monday following his plea. A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

Priebe was a resource officer with Lansing schools. The victims were between 14 and 17 at the time of the assaults which took place over a three-year period. He resigned in June after 10 years with the Lansing Police Department.

The Lansing State Journal reports that prosecutors said not more than 12 months in jail is the recommended sentence. Priebe also will have to register as a sex offender.

Associated Press, Aug. 13, 2019, “Ex-Lansing officer pleads no contest to sex assault charges”, https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/08/13/former-lansing-police-officer-contest-assaulting-teens/39949187/


Michigan aims to stop job-hopping after police misconduct


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation approved here aims to stop police misconduct from being kept a secret when officers apply for a new job at another department.

The bill won approval 105-2 on Tuesday in the House after clearing the Senate earlier this year.

The legislation would require law enforcement agencies to keep records about the circumstances surrounding any officer’s employment separation. The officer would have to sign a waiver allowing a prospective employer to ask for the records, and the department could not hire the officer unless it receives the documents.

The bill sponsor, Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, said it targets officers who find other work after questionable conduct such as using excessive force.

Law enforcement agencies often decide it is easier to tell an officer to resign rather than fire him or her, he said, due to expensive legal bills and a lengthy hearing process. And when a prospective employer calls to inquire about hiring the officer, the department typically provides little information for fear of being sued by the officer, said Jones, a former sheriff.

“It’s just a commonsense way we hope to combat the gypsy cop,” he said of the legislation. The state Freedom of Information Act exempts law enforcement personnel records from public records requests unless the public interest in disclosure outweighs the public interest in nondisclosure.

Jones introduced the bill after he said an Eaton County deputy who was accused of making an abusive and improper traffic arrest resigned and quickly landed a similar job in Lenawee County, only to be sued for two alleged assaults that occurred in his new job.

Under the measure, agencies would be required to let a separating officer review the separation record and to submit a written statement explaining the officer’s disagreement. The former employer would have to give a copy of the records to a prospective employer upon receiving a waiver.

The agency also would be immune from civil liability for disclosing the records in good faith.

The legislation won unanimous Senate approval in March and should soon reach Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for his expected signature.


DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press, Michigan aims to stop job-hopping after police misconduct”, https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/publicsafety/michigan-aims-to-stop-job-hopping-after-police-misconduct/article_a9c69576-5a2d-5b3d-ad0b-a6d392053eec.html

Video appears to show off-duty Lansing officer holding down teen

  • Jun 27, 2017

LANSING — A viral video posted to social media appears to show an off-duty police officer physically restraining a teen in his front yard and threatening to kill him.

Lansing police said they were aware of the video and opened an investigation into the matter before it was posted Sunday on Facebook by Ann Falls. The video had been viewed about 2.8 million times as of Tuesday morning.

According to statements from police, officers were dispatched about 3:45 p.m. Saturday to the area of 192nd Street and Oakwood Avenue for a fight involving about 30 juveniles. The fight was over when police arrived.

“An off-duty Lansing police officer, outside on his personal property, became involved when he was approached by two other subjects involved in the fight. One of the juveniles had visible minor injuries, and the other was temporarily detained for further investigation until the arrival of on-duty officers,” a statement issued Monday said. “The juvenile’s parents were ultimately contacted, and they were transported home pending further investigation.”

The 1-minute, 32-second video opens with the officer on top of the teen. The officer appears to be demanding the teen to direct a friend to come back to the property.

“If you come back on my property again, I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” the officer says.

A woman on the front porch talks about turning off a phone and says, “You came to the wrong house.”

The teen tells the officer he’s “not involved in this” and asks why he’s being detained.

The officer responds, “I don’t give a (expletive) who is, don’t you understand that?”

Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin said the officer is still on active duty and no arrests were made at the scene.

A second statement issued by the village Tuesday evening said officers on the scene met with a 12-year-old male black juvenile who said a 15-year-old white male gave him a beverage that may have contained drugs. The 12-year-old went home and told his family what happened, according to police.

A short time later, an older brother of the 12-year-old confronted and fought the 15-year-old, resulting in minor injuries, police said. The 15-year-old, along with other juveniles with him, fled the area before police arrived, according to the release.

Police said the off-duty officer discovered a backpack in his fenced-in backyard containing a baseball hat and a BB gun before seeing the 15-year-old on his property, bleeding from the face. According to the release, the 15-year-old told the officer he was involved in a fight with several male black juveniles.

While the two were speaking, a 15-year-old black male juvenile wearing a backpack approached, police said.

“Both of the juveniles attempted to leave at that point in time. The off-duty officer told them to stay until the arrival of the police,” the release from police said. “The juveniles refused to stay and attempted to leave, resulting in the off-duty officer physically detaining one of the juveniles.”

Police later determined there were no drugs in the beverage.

The Police Department asked that anyone with direct information about the case call its Criminal Investigations Division at 708-895-7150.

The boy’s family did not respond to requests for comments via Facebook.