Nessel 'disgusted' by former state prosecutor Kolodziej's conduct with sexual assault victim

LANSING (WJRT) (09/10/19) - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel was visibly angry while talking about a sexual abuse case involving one of her former assistants.

Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej resigned and is under investigation for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a female victim in the Ian Elliott sexual assault case, which Kolodziej prosecuted.

"To say that I am horrified, to say that I am disgusted is really an understatement," Nessel said.

Two women accused Elliott of sexually assaulting them while he was the Student Government Association president at Central Michigan University. The Isabella County Prosecutor's Office initially dropped charges, but Nessel took over the case and reinstated charges.

That is when Kolodziej, who was hired under former Attorney General Bill Schuette's administration, got involved with the case.

"It's important to make clear that I expect everyone who works here to hold themselves to the highest standard of conduct when working on behalf of this office." Nessel said.

She said Kolodziej has admitted to engaging in the relationship. She called the situation rare and said it won't define the work of her department.

"In over 25 years of practice in criminal law as, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney, I have never before even heard of a situation like this,"Nessel said.

The attorney general's office now has to regroup on cases Kolodziej was assigned. They include a high profile investigation into Michigan State Police Trooper Adam Mullin allegedly assaulting his female partner while on duty last winter.

The trial in Mullin's case has been delayed to Oct. 10.

"Unfortunately, that's more time that my client is going to wait for the day of court for justice, but we are looking forward to it," said defense attorney Matthew Norwood. "We were ready for court today, we're ready for court in a couple of weeks. But in the spirit of fairness, I want the prosecutor to be prepared, because that's what I would expect them to be able to do in a situation would have."