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MARQUETTE, MI--   Additional charges have been brought against a Marquette doctor accused of writing prescriptions for sexual favors. 

Jonathan Robertson, 43, was arrested in August and charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the alleged assaults occurred in examination rooms between October 2014 and October 2015. He says Robertson penetrated both women with an ungloved hand and forced one of them to perform oral sex on him twice in exchange for prescriptions.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary exam was held in Marquette Thursday for a doctor accused of giving patients drugs for sexual favors.

Michael Varney, 61, of Caspian is charged with three counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of delivery of a Schedule 2 substance in Marquette County.

ESCANABA, MI--   A preliminary exam is set for an Escanaba man arrested on various charges related to child pornography. 

John Schiska was taken into custody last week and charged with 14 felonies related to the possession of child sexually abusive material, distribution of child sexually abusive material, and using a computer to commit a crime. The case was investigated by the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 8 in Delta County District Court.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing is scheduled for a Gwinn man accused of sexually assaulting a person under 13 years of age. 

Marquon Woods, 23, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 years of age, defendant 17 years of age or older; three counts of second-degree CSC with a person under 13; and one count of resisting and obstructing an officer. 

He faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged.

Woods’ preliminary exam is set for February 13 in Marquette County District Court. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing will be held Tuesday for a Negaunee Township man accused of posting “revenge porn.” 

Matthew Ward, 26, was arrested September 5 following an investigation into his online activity. A search warrant was executed at his home in August and evidence was seized.

Ward was arraigned on six charges, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, child sexually abusive activity, possession of child sexually abusive material, and distribution of child sexually abusive material.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing was held in Marquette County Probate Court Monday for a 13-year-old girl charged in a social media prank that allegedly prompted a boy to take his own life.

The unnamed girl is charged with malicious use of telecommunication services and using a computer to commit a crime.

Tysen Benz, 11, hung himself in his home on March 14. He was later taken off life support at an Ann Arbor hospital.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing on firearms charges is set in Marquette Federal Court this week for Jason Sadowski. 

The Ishpeming man was exonerated on seven felony counts after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered a new trial on charges he tortured two women at his martial arts studio.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   Details about the death of an Iron River man who went missing in 2014 are coming to light. 

Witnesses gave testimony Tuesday in a preliminary exam for Kelly Cochran, 33, who is charged with killing Christopher Regan.  WLUC-TV reports the lead investigator in the case said a skull believed to be Regan’s was found along the Pentoga Trail in Iron County in 2015.  He said Backcountry Search & Rescue also found a chew can and a pair of glasses.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Sawyer man accused of choking has girlfriend appeared in Marquette District Court for his preliminary exam Tuesday.

Steven Devalle, 42, was arrested earlier this month and charged with assault by strangulation and interfering with electronic communications.  The victim said he had prevented her from calling 911 during the assault.

Devalle fled the scene but was apprehended the next day after he crashed his car in Delta County. 

Judge Roger Kangas has not yet decided whether the case should be bound over to Marquette Circuit Court.  

HOUGHTON, MI--   A preliminary exam is set for the man who led a Calumet State Police trooper on a 60-mile chase. 

Rudolph Voght, 31, is accused of fleeing when police tried to stop his motorcycle on Houghton Canal Road May 11.  The high-speed chase through the Copper Country ended just outside of Ontonagon when Voght stopped and surrendered.

Voght faces a charge of third-degree fleeing a police officer, punishable by up to five years in prison.

His preliminary hearing is set for May 27 in Houghton County District Court.

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