Otsego County surgeon facing charges

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OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- An Otsego County surgeon is facing drug and prostitution charges and has been suspended from his position.

Ryan Shephard, a former surgeon at Otsego Memorial Hospital was arrested by the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement team.

He's currently out of jail on bond.

Otsego Memorial Hospital would not comment on camera about the investigation.

However, Otsego Memorial Hospital released a statement saying, "We can confirm that Otsego Memorial Hospital has been notified of a criminal investigation of Dr. Ryan Shephard. The accusations, while unrelated to the hospital or his medical practice, have led us to suspend Dr. Shephard from employment. Once the charges were clarified, his employment was terminated."

7&4 News reached out to the Otsego County Prosecutor's Office repeatedly about the case but were told the prosecutor was unavailable.

Shephard will be back in court on June 14th for a probable cause conference.

He also has a preliminary exam scheduled for June 21st.

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