Michael Varney set to go to jury trial in Dickinson County

DICKINSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - Michael Varney is set for a jury trial in Dickinson County on his criminal sexual conduct and drug charges.

The 61-year-old Caspian man is charged with 4 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct – 1st Degree, 14 counts of Delivery of a Schedule 2 Substance, and 5 counts of Delivery of Marijuana.

The former psychologist is accused of giving pills for sexual favors along with asking for sexual pictures.


Following a tip in the fall of 2017, an investigation was opened following allegations that Varney was allegedly receiving sexual favors in exchange for providing his patients with Oxycodone. At the same time LARA also received a complaint against Varney. At the time, Varney was a practicing limited license psychologist.

Following a criminal investigation, it is alleged that over the least 10 years Varney was providing patients with controlled substances such as oxycodone, Valium, Dilaudid as well as marijuana in exchange for sexual favors.

As a limited license psychologist practicing in Marquette, Caspian and Kingswood, Varney is not legally able to prescribe medication to his patients. In addition, the patients who saw Varney were often referrals from the court system and probationers, required to undergo testing or treatment for drug addiction.

LARA summarily suspended Varney’s license in July 2018.
The investigation is being conducted by the Michigan State Police and the DEA, anyone with information about Michael Varney should contact Lt. Robyn Lynde at 313-418-2731.

The jury trial is scheduled for April 22, 2019. It's expected to last seven days.

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