Harbor Springs police officer will not face charges for alleged criminal sexual conduct

No charges will be filed against Harbor Springs Officer Matt Pater after allegations of criminal sexual conduct surfaced.

HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Harbor Springs police officer will not face charges, after being accused of criminal sexual conduct.

Matt Pater was under investigation for an incident that allegedly happened while he was a police officer in Grosse Pointe.

On Tuesday, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller announced that charges would not be filed against Pater, since the statute of limitations expired in November 2014.

Miller said the decision was based solely on the law, not on the merits of the allegations.

Under Michigan law, the time to press charges runs out ten year after the alleged incident, or ten years after the complainant's 21st birthday.

The complainant turned 21 in 2004.

Harbor Springs Police Chief Kyle Knight said they take sexual assault allegations seriously, and they will continue to investigate Pater, for the protection of the people of Harbor Springs.

Knight plans to look through the report from Michigan State Police.

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