On Sept. 7, Eastern Michigan University administrator Michael Tew was arrested at his home by Dearborn police after a video was given to the department five days prior.
On Sept. 2, Dearborn Police department received cell phone video of a male driver in a black Jeep Wrangler heading westbound on Michigan Avenue near Miller street without any clothing on, touching himself.
Dearborn detectives said they identified the driver as 62-year-old Dearborn resident Michael Tew.
The Wayne County prosecutor's office charged Tew with one misdemeanor count of aggravated indecent exposure and one felony count of indecent exposure with sexually delinquent person notice.
Aggravated indecent exposure is when a person exposes private body parts and fondles them in front of another person. Furthermore, a sexually delinquent person means any person whose sexual behavior is characterized by repetitive or compulsive acts that indicate a disregard of consequences or the recognized rights of others by Michigan law.
Tew, an associate provost and associate vice president for academic programming and strategy at EMU, was placed on indefinite suspension after the incident.
“Upon learning about this matter from Dearborn Police, the university took immediate action and suspended the individual indefinitely, pending the outcome of the investigation and legal proceeding,” Walter Kraft, vice president for communications, said in a written statement. “We are not aware of any inappropriate conduct or actions of this nature related to their work on campus.”
Tew has been a faculty member and administrator since 1989. While on suspension, he is not permitted to be on EMU’s campus.
“This sort of conduct is illegal and will not be tolerated in Dearborn,” Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin said.
Tew was arranged before a 19th District Court judge and was issued a $20,000 (10% cash) bond. A probate cause conference was scheduled for Sept. 23 with a preliminary exam on Sept. 30.