Delay in former Lansing police officer's hearing

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - The Livingston County prosecutor and Matthew Priebe's attorney met in the Ingham County Circuit Court Joyce Draganchuk's chambers, off the record.

The result of that was the pre-trial hearing was pushed back to June 3.

The first of Priebe's accusers to go public with her story understands the system works slowly.

"The criminal case is proceeding pretty much how we would expect it to," said Karen Truszkowski, the attorney for Priebe's accuser, Athziry Pilar.

There was no Matthew Priebe in court, but there was one of his accusers Athziry Pilar.

Pilar has gone public with News 10 exclusively. Her attorney said the delays weigh on her client.

"She certainly would like it to be over, but she understands the process takes a little bit of time. And we are pretty comfortable that the prosecutor's doing his due diligence on that," said Truszkowski,

Priebe faces several felonies including criminal sexual conduct and distributing obscene material to minors. These charges stem from at least three Lansing's Eastern High School students came forward in May 2018.

Documents obtained by News 10 show Priebe undressing during a face time call and sending inappropriate text messages. According to the documents, students said he took them off campus and touched them inappropriately.

Pilar had once wanted to be in law enforcement, but after this, not so much.

"My understanding is that she's still reluctant to go into law enforcement at this point," said Truszkowski,

The Lansing School District removed Priebe from Eastern as soon as it learned about the allegations in May 2018.

The Lansing Police Department put him on leave in May as well, and he resigned a month later.

Priebe had been a police officer with Lansing for 10 years, and a school resource officer for the last three.

We'll keep updating this story as the case gets closer to trial.

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