Hillsdale County deputy to stand trial for misconduct

A Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Deputy will face trial for allegedly coercing a defendant into an inappropriate sexual relationship, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday.   

Judge Michael J. Klaeren of the 12th District Court in Jackson County, found there was enough evidence to bind over Todd Barkley, 46, of Brownstown Township, on two counts of misconduct in office.  Each charge is a five-year felony.   

Barkley allegedly exploited his position as a law enforcement officer to coerce a woman into a sexual relationship while the woman was being treated for substance use disorder at a rehabilitation center in Fulton, Kentucky.

“The Department of Attorney General takes seriously reports of exploitation and will vigorously pursue those who abuse positions of authority and violate the public trust” said Nessel.   

Other potential victims are encouraged to come forward and report incidents to Det/Sgt. Matt Young, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office 517-540-7960 or Detective Ted Johnson, Eaton County Sheriff's Office 517-323-8492.