Former UP psychologist avoids jury trial by entering plea in court

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: April 23, 3:12 p.m.
A former U.P. psychologist avoided jury trial in Dickinson County Circuit Court for various drug and criminal sexual conduct charges by entering a plea.

Michael Varney pleaded no contest to ten counts in Marquette County Circuit Court.

He pleaded no contest to three counts of criminal sexual conduct second-degree during a felony; three counts of controlled substance, delivery less than 50 grams; one count of Medicaid fraud-conspiracy; and three counts of healthcare fraud, false claims.

Any charges in Dickinson and Iron counties were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Varney is still lodged in jail on a $300,000 cash/surety bond.

A sentencing date is scheduled for June 28.

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A former U.P. psychologist avoided jury trial starting Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court for various drug and criminal sexual conduct charges by entering a plea.

Michael Varney, 61, of Caspian, entered a plea this week in Marquette County Circuit Court. In Marquette County, he was originally charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and four counts of delivery of a schedule 2 substance.

Due to it being Good Friday, Marquette County offices were closed, so TV6 & FOX UP could not get information on what Varney pleaded to.

In Dickinson County, he was being charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, 14 counts of delivery of a schedule 1 substance, and five counts of delivery of marijuana. Varney’s case was dismissed in Dickinson County due to entering a plea in Marquette County.

A sentencing date in Marquette County Circuit Court is unknown at this time.

Varney is accused of providing drugs to his patients in exchange of sexual favors. Police think this had been happening over the course of ten years.

TV6 & FOX UP will continue updating this story as more information becomes available to us.



 
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