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Sex sting raises questions at Lansing City Hall

By Rob South, WKAR News

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EAST LANSING, MI – The Lansing Public Safety committee Wednesday is expected to review the details of a recent sex sting operation at Fenner Nature Center. City officials have refused to release information about the incident.

AUDIO: In May, Lansing police arrested two men at the nature center for soliciting sex and issued a warrant for a third. No charges have been brought against any of the men.

Lansing City Attorney Brigham Smith says the city denied a Freedom of Information Act request by a local reporter for the arrest records and other documents associated with the operation. Smith says until charges are filed the records will remain private.

Public Safety Committee Vice-Chair Carol Wood says civil rights groups have raised questions about sex sting operations in the past. She says she wants to know who authorized the sting and why details have not been released.

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