No charges in Easter Bunny fondling case

Michael Dodge says he is accused of fondling the woman wearing an Easter Bunny costume at Walgreens when he took his grandchildren for photos. (Courtesy photo - April 5, 2014)
Michael Dodge says he is accused of fondling the woman wearing an Easter Bunny costume at Walgreens when he took his grandchildren for photos. (Courtesy photo - April 5, 2014)

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who said he was accused of fondling a woman dressed in an Easter Bunny costume will not face any criminal charges.

Tuesday, the Mecosta County prosecutor confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that no charges will be filed against Michael Dodge.

About two weeks ago, Dodge told 24 Hour News 8 earlier this month, he went to a Big Rapids Walgreens with his grandchildren to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. When the children became upset by the large rabbit costume, Dodge took some photos with the bunny to show them there was nothing to fear. In one of the photos, he said, he hugged the woman wearing the Easter Bunny costume.

The next day, Dodge told 24 Hour News 8, he received a call from Big Rapids police. He said he was told the woman wearing the costume alleged that he had touched her inappropriately.

Dodge, who does have a criminal past that includes mainly misdemeanor larceny and false pretenses charges but no sexual assault charge, denied doing anything inappropriate and said he didn’t know why the woman would make up the allegation.

He told 24 Hour News 8 he received a letter from the Mecosta County prosecutor this week telling him he would not be charged.

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