01/23/2013 02:46 pm ET

Veteran Detroit News Reporter Caught Up In Sex Scandal With State Treasurer's Wife

The Detroit News has removed its veteran city hall reporter from his beat following allegations that he was having an affair with the estranged wife of state Treasurer Andy Dillon.

The allegations are serious because, at the time, reporter Leonard Fleming was closely covering Dillon’s office as it negotiated a controversial state takeover of Detroit City Hall. Fleming continued to report on Dillon’s takeover plan until at least last month, when editors learned of the affair.

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