Dearborn officer arraigned on sex charge, suspended

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A Dearborn police officer has been arraigned on a sex charge after he allegedly groped a female acquaintance during a traffic stop in May, according to the police department.

Officer Justin Smith, 36, faces a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge and common law offenses, officials said in a statement. He was arraigned Thursday in 19th District Court and released on a $10,000 personal bond.

He is due back in court Friday for a probable cause hearing and Sept. 9 for his preliminary examination. Court records have been sealed from the public.

The charges stem from an alleged incident in May during a traffic stop involving Smith’s female acquaintance, police said Tuesday. He is accused of “improper touching” during the incident. Police did not provide an exact date of the alleged offense.

Police Chief Ron Haddad confirmed in June that a probe was underway but would not disclose details at the time.

On Tuesday, the chief released a statement indicating his department’s plan for transparency.

“The Dearborn Police Department is committed to remaining completely transparent in matters of this nature and we will continue to do that during the course of this investigation,” Haddad said. “An on-going internal investigation is underway and we will continue to monitor the criminal case in court.”

Smith is suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case, police said.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office declined to comment Tuesday, referring questions to the Dearborn Police Department.

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