Commissioner pleads guilty to indecent language, tells his side of story

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FLINT (WJRT) - (12/6/17) - Genesee County Commissioner Drew Shapiro is talking about the incident that happened this past Memorial Day on Silver Lake.

It comes after Shapiro pleaded guilty earlier this week to 1 count of indecent language as part of a plea deal.

This all began when a someone filed a police report against Shapiro.

That report claimed Shapiro was on his pontoon boat parked in front of someone's home and reportedly yelled profanities.

"At the beginning of the year, it became apparent to me a close friend of mine was having a relationship with my ex fiance; I was going through an emotional time which led me to say some things that aren't really characteristic of who I am," Shapiro said in an exclusive interview with ABC12's Mark Bullion.

Shapiro says he made the remarks in response to his friends actions.

"I think we've all been in situations where we've been heart broken and that tends to effect our judgment," he said.

Initially, the case was turned over to the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office for an ethnic intimidation charge. That charge was not filed.

"Absolutely not racially motivated in any way. Like I said, the people who know me know the real Drew Shapiro and that's not in my DNA. This was my response to what I consider to be the immoral actions of someone I once considered to be a friend," he said.

But Fenton Township did charge him with three misdemeanors.

Earlier this week, Shapiro pleaded guilty to 1 count of indecent language.
Other charges including reckless operation of a vessel and another count of indecent language were dropped.

"I appreciate some of the things Judge Haley said especially in regards to her comment where she stated that this doesn't appear to be typical criminal behavior. This appeared to be the response of someone who was deeply hurt by people he once cared about," he said.

As part of the plea deal, Shapiro will serve 11 months probation.

"I think when you're in the public eye, you're certainly scrutinized to a different level and we have to be careful of what we say and do and I am here to own that today," he said.

Shapiro says he hopes to put this in the past and that the incident will not stop him from continuing his job as commissioner.

Shapiro says he will be making a run for the 51st district seat in the State House next year.

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