Cleaves’ attorney wants prosecutor’s office off sex case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – An attorney representing ex-Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves has asked a judge to disqualify the Wayne County prosecutor’s office from Cleaves’ sexual assault case.

Attorney Frank Manley said in a motion that Cleaves’ accuser is a member of a Wayne County child sexual abuse taskforce. The case is being handled by the Detroit-based Wayne County prosecutor’s office because of a conflict raised by the Genesee County prosecutor.

Manley’s move prompted a Flint district court judge to cancel Tuesday’s preliminary examination.

The prosecutor’s office says it will respond in court to Manley’s motions. A hearing is scheduled for July 29.

The 38-year-old Cleaves is charged with assaulting a woman at a motel last summer. He denies the charge.

Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.

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