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Ann Arbor police officer on paid leave during investigation into conduct before joining department

Michael Alvarez under investigation in Florida

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An Ann Arbor police officer is on paid administrative leave while conduct reported before he joined the department is investigated.

According to officials, Officer Michael Alvarez was a Pinellas County Sheriff’s detective in Florida before he came to Ann Arbor.

While a detective, Alvarez allegedly lied to obtain a search warrant for a crime, then used that warrant to obtain evidence to prosecute for other crimes.

Officials said because of Alvarez’s actions, charges will mostly likely be dismissed against a man who was arrested after a search of his home in 2016.

Detectives found videos of James Rybicki, 63, inappropriately touching a child during that search, officials said.


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