Former state senator Philip Arthurhultz was charged today with a series of sex crimes.
The one-time Republican majority floor leader in the Michigan legislature is accused of two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Enticing Female Under 16 for Immoral Purpose. Also, he facing additional charges of Bribing/Intimidating/Interfering with Witnesses, Gross Indecency Between Males and Accosting Children for Immoral Purposes.
In a release from Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings, the charges are described as a result of an investigation by the Lansing Police Department and the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.
Arthurhultz, now 63 years old, represented a west Michigan district that included Muskegon County for 16 years. Governor Engler appointed him chairman of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission when he left the Senate.
Later, Arthurhultz worked as a radio talk-show host in Lansing for several years.
Although Arthurhultz has posted bond, he will remain in jail until he is fitted with a GPS tether. That is expected to happen Wednesday. He is due in court to face the charges later this month.
Investigators are asking anyone who might have information about these charges or other alleged offenses involving Arthurhultz to call Lansing police detective Ron Seyka at 483-4849.