Wed. Aug 4th, 2021
Former Osceola County Deputy Andrew Wernette

REED CITY, MI – A former Osceola County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty on February 26th, 2021 to multiple felony drug charges and possessing child sexually abusive material.

Andrew Wernette, 39-years-old, of Reed City, entered the plea on Friday in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court before Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy.  

Wernette pleaded guilty to: 

  • Two counts of aggravated child sexually abusive activity, a 25-year felony;
  • Using a computer to commit a crime, a 20-year felony;
  • Child sexually abusive activity-aggravated possession, a 10-year felony;
  • Child sexually abusive material-distributing or promoting, a seven-year felony;
  • Larceny in a building, a four-year felony;
  • Possession of a controlled substance – morphine, a two-year felony;
  • Possession of a controlled substance – OxyContin, a two-year felony; and
  • Controlled substance-maintaining a drug house, a two-year high-court misdemeanor. 

“The crimes this defendant has now pled guilty to are extremely disturbing,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “Children must never be taken advantage of, and this office will take aggressive action to ensure the laws that protect them are enforced and those individuals who exploit minors or support that immoral behavior are punished.” 

A tip provided to authorities led to the execution of a search warrant, which allowed police to discover more than 100 images and video of child sexually abusive material on Andrew Wernette’s computers and cell phone. It also led authorities to the discovery of drugs that were illegally in Wernette’s possession.    

Wernette used his position as a deputy in charge of the drug take back program at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office’s to procure various medications meant to be disposed of for his own personal use.  

Michigan State Police conducted the investigation and arrested Andrew Wernette on September 14th, 2020. The Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the case following a request from the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office due to a conflict of interest. 

Wernette was originally charged with additional counts, but those were dismissed following his plea. Those charges were: 

  • Child sexually abusive activity, a 20-year felony; 
  • Using a computer to commit a crime, a 20-year felony; 
  • Child sexually abusive activity, a 15-year felony; and
  • Controlled substance – delivery/manufacture of morphine, a seven-year felony.

He is scheduled to be sentenced March 26th, 2021. 

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Former Osceola County Deputy Andrew Wernette

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