Former Osceola Co. Deputy Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes

A former Osceola County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced for child sex crimes and felony drug charges.

Andrew Wernette of Reed City appeared in court Tuesday.

He received concurrent sentences for 9 counts against him.

Back in September, police obtained a search warrant and found more than 100 images and video of children on Wernette’s phone and computer.

They also discovered morphine and OxyContin that Wernette possessed illegally.

Wernette has been sentenced for each of the following:

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

Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy confirmed all counts are to be served concurrently and Wernette must register as a tier two sex offender.