May 5, 2021
LANSING - A former Blackman-Leoni Township public safety officer who pleaded guilty to lying to a peace officer has been sentenced, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.
David Lubahn, 52, was sentenced Tuesday before Judge Carol Kuhnke in Ann Arbor's 22nd Circuit Court to 12 months probation and he must complete 100 hours of community service within the next 6 months.
Under the plea agreement, he also forfeited his Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) law enforcement license and waived his administrative appeal rights as part of the plea agreement, meaning Lubahn will never be able to serve as a police officer in Michigan again.
He pleaded guilty in March after being charged last year with one count of perjury of a record or document, a 15-year felony, and one count of misconduct in office, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Those charges were dismissed as part of the agreement.
"Those who wear a badge carry the burden of protecting the public as well as the burden of everything the badge is supposed to represent," Nessel said. "Mr. Lubahn is being held accountable for not abiding by the high standards law enforcement officers must meet to be effective in the communities they serve."
Lubahn was an on-duty Blackman-Leoni Township public safety officer when he conducted an illegal search and seizure, which was captured on his body-worn camera. He subsequently made false statements in his police report, and then a misrepresentation and omission in the affidavit for a search warrant about his actions.
Once charges were filed and announced in Sept. 2020, Lubahn was suspended and subsequently fired from the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety.