Missing doctor facing charges found dead

Kent County
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CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The body of a missing doctor who was facing criminal sexual assault charges was found in Montcalm County.

Dr. Steven Scranton had been missing since Wednesday. A tip led authorities to Scranton’s vehicle in Montcalm County, and his body was found a short distance from it, where authorities said he committed suicide.

Scranton was charged with criminal sexual conduct involving some of his patients in January. His license was suspended a month later.

Scranton’s attorney, Frank Stanley, said he spent Saturday with the doctor’s family.

He said his late client was the victim of false allegations by women whose stories did not match and were tainted by their substance abuse history.

Stanley said that has been contacted by innumerable patients who sing Scranton’s praises, but ultimately the doctor was driven to despair over a shattered reputation which ultimately led to his suicide.

Scranton was out on bond awaiting trial when he disappeared from his Cannon Township home Wednesday night. At the time, investigators said he was suicidal and they had tried “traditional investigative techniques” to find him without success.

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