Deadline Detroit | Michigan Rep. Steve Marino will not be charged over romance with co-worker
Macomb County Republican State Representative Steve Marino, accused by Democratic Representative Mari Manoogian of stalking and abuse as a result of their bitter four-month relationship, will not be prosecuted.
An Ingham County deputy prosecutor has said the charges are not substantiated, although state police detectives have submitted evidence of suspected criminal harassment, the Detroit Free Press reports.
“We are not in a position to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt”, [Sarah] Pulda said.
When news of the controversial case surfaced last month, Birmingham’s Manoogian released a statement:
âThe sad reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic violence, which often comes from someone we would never expect. None of us are immune to a volatile relationship, no matter what our career. It can happen right here in our legislature, where abuse of power and threats to ruin a colleague’s reputation, as well as threats of public humiliation, can be used to intimidate other members of the legislature. “
Marino was removed from his post on the Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee.
In his request last month for a personal protection order, Manoogian alleged that Marino acted threateningly towards her in early 2020 shortly after their four-month relationship ended. His request included text messages from Marino saying his “life mission” was to destroy her and he hoped his “car would explode on entering”.
Marino had called Manoogian’s allegations nothing more than the character assassination. His attorney, Mike Rataj of Detroit, said the claims were taken out of context.