Ex-assistant state attorney enters plea in Mount Pleasant misconduct case

Brian Kolodziej allegedly formed an intimate relationship with a victim in the Ian Elliott case he was prosecuting
Former Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej was forced to resign in September 2019 for...
Former Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej was forced to resign in September 2019 for having a relationship with the victim in a rape case he was assigned to.(
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:22 AM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - A former assistant state attorney general has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty by a public officer.

The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office says Brian Kolodziej also agreed Wednesday to a 5-year suspension of his law license. Two felony charges of misconduct in office were dismissed.

Kolodziej was charged in December, more than a year after he was forced to resign when authorities learned he had an intimate relationship with a woman while handling her allegations of sexual assault.

Kolodziej was prosecuting former Central Michigan University student Ian Elliott, who insisted he had consensual sex with the woman in 2016 after meeting her at a Mount Pleasant bar. Kolodziej resigned from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in 2019.

Elliott was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation for sexually abusing three women during his term as student government president at CMU.

Before that, a judge sentenced Elliott to spend one to 15 years in prison for the crimes. However, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel allowed him to retract his plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge after the misconduct involving Kolodziej came to light.

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