Former Lansing cop waives right to prelim exam

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LANSING (WILX) -- It's off to trial for a former Lansing police officer accused of sexually assaulting young women.

Matthew Priebe waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning in district court.

Priebe had an opportunity to convince the judge there isn't enough evidence to put him on trial.

Priebe's attorney waived his right to the hearing, which means his case heads straight to circuit court.

Priebe was on the Lansing Police force for 10 years and was a resource officer at Lansing Eastern High School for three years.

He's accused of sexually assaulting at least three female students during that time.

He faces multiple felonies including second-degree criminal sexual conduct and distributing obscene material to children.

Priebe stood silent other than to tell the judge he understood his right to waive Wednesday's hearing.

News 10's Alani Letang talked to his lawyer afterward.

"We are acting in the best interest of Mr. Priebe at all times, and that is what today is all about. And we have full faith and confidence in the judicial system," said Priebe's attorney, Kirk Krause.

Priebe was immediately removed from Eastern High School and placed on administrative leave when the allegations came to light last May. He resigned in June.

His next court appearance is in April.