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Macomb County lawmaker won’t face charges following allegations he sent threatening texts to a colleague

Prosecutors will not charge a Macomb County lawmaker after an investigation into allegations from a fellow lawmaker who said he sent her threatening text messages following their breakup.

Republican Rep. Steve Marino was accused of domestic abuse made by Birmingham Democratic Rep. Mari Manoogian after what she described as a volatile relationship that ended in a flurry of intimidating text messages. The pair had a personal relationship that ended more than a year ago. In the months that followed, Marino sent a series of texts to her. She filed for a personal protection order that was granted. According to a court filing to support the PPO, Manoogian said the texts contained threats such as he hoped her “car explodes on the way in,” and “you’re truly the worst human being I’ve ever met…just a parasite.”

Marino has said the allegations against him amount to “character assassination.” The head of Ingham County’s sexual assault/domestic violence unit reviewed an investigative report into Harrison Township Marino submitted by Michigan State Police to Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s office in late September. The official denied prosecution, said Scott Hughes, a spokesman for Siemon’s office. The case is considered closed until or unless additional information or evidence is submitted, Hughes said [Detroit News].

MSP began investigating allegations against Marino earlier this month after Manoogian told House leadership that the 31-year-old Marino had sent her threatening texts. Marino was immediately removed from his committee assignments. Manoogian, 29, obtained a personal protection order against Marino shortly after reporting the incident to state police. Marino has not been on the House floor since and now needs an escort if he wishes to enter the House floor or the House Office Building. A former lobbyist and Macomb County commissioner, Marino was first elected to the state house in 2016. He was re-elected three times [Macomb Daily].

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: MACOMB DAILY

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