EMU administrator faces charges for exposing himself while driving

Dearborn — An Eastern Michigan University administrator has been charged with indecent exposure after he allegedly drove through Dearborn "without any clothing while touching himself," police said Friday.

Michael Tew, associate provost and associate vice president for academic programming and strategy at EMU, was arrested at his Dearborn home Wednesday, after a fellow motorist filmed Tew on his cellphone on Sept. 2, Dearborn police said in a press release.

"On Friday, Sept. 2., the Dearborn Police Department received cellphone video footage from a concerned driver of a male driving a black Jeep Wrangler, heading westbound on Michigan Avenue near Miller St.," the release said. "The video showed an individual driving the Jeep without any clothing while touching himself."

Detectives identified the driver as Tew, and arrested him at home, according to Dearborn police.

EMU spokesman Walter Kraft said in an email: "We are troubled and concerned about this reported incident. Upon learning about this matter from Dearborn Police yesterday, the university took immediate action and suspended the individual indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation and legal proceedings.

"They are not permitted to come to campus during the suspension," Kraft said. "We are not aware of any inappropriate conduct or actions of this nature related to their work on campus."

Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin applauded the citizen who documented the incident involving Tew and brought it to the attention of law enforcement.

 “This sort of conduct is illegal and will not be tolerated in Dearborn," Shahin said.

Tew's page on the university's website was down Friday, although he was still listed as an associate provost on the website's staff list.

He did not answer an email Friday seeking comment and attempts to reach him at home were not successful. Tew does not have an attorney listed on the 3rd Circuit Court website.

An employee at the university's provost office directed questions to the EMU media relations staff.

Tew was arraigned Friday before 19th District Court Judge Gene Hunt and given a $20,000/10% cash bond.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23, with a preliminary examination scheduled for Sept. 30, according to court records.


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