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Michigan politician charged in child sex

Phil Arthurhultz's mugshot, courtesy of Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.
Phil Arthurhultz's mugshot, courtesy of Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.

MASON, Mich., April 13 (UPI) -- A former Michigan state Senate leader is in jail after being accused of child sex crimes, authorities say.

Phil Arthurhultz, 63, was in the Ingham County Jail in Mason on a $150,000 bond after being arraigned Tuesday on two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes, two counts of enticing a female under 16 for immoral purposes, gross indecency between males and interfering with witnesses, the Muskegon Chronicle reported.

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The charges arose from an investigation by Lansing police and the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, The Lansing State Journal reported.

Arthurhultz was expected to be fitted with a position-tracking device and released Wednesday, WILX-TV, Lansing, said.

Arthurhultz, a Republican from Whitehall, represented Muskegon County from 1978 through 1994 and then became chairman of the state liquor commission. He resigned that post in 1998 after the attorney general investigated his use of a state car and phone. He then became a talk radio host in the Lansing area.

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