Lansing's Police Chief Mike Yankowski has placed 19-year veteran Catherine Farrell on paid administrative leave while Michigan State Police try to figure out why cell phone records were not provided in time for trial in a criminal sexual assault case.
Chief Yankowski says "Allegations or complaints against Department employees are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated." Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings said his office was not aware the cell phone evidence existed before the trial began against Bryan Farmer on October 14. Detective Farrell was working the case, but was on leave when another detective noticed the discrepancy. The Prosecuting Attorney's Office notified LPD immediately. Lansing Police say if the allegations are found to be true, penalties for the Detective range from counseling to termination. Testimony in Farmer's case continues this week in Ingham County Circuit Court. Farmer's attorney chose not to ask for a mistrial.