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Gogebic Deputy Charged in Public Integrity Case Arraigned for Misconduct, Assault

LANSING - A Gogebic County deputy charged alongside three other law enforcement officers as a result of recent investigations handled by Attorney General Dana Nessel's Public Integrity Unit (PIU) has been arraigned.

Scott Voit was arraigned in Gogebic County's 98th District Court this morning on the following: 

  • one count of assault and battery, a 93-day misdemeanor; and 
  • one count of misconduct in office by a public official, a five-year felony. 

The Michigan State Police conducted the investigation that led to these charges.

In February 2020, Gogebic County Deputy Scott Voit ordered an inmate to kneel so Voit could remove his handcuffs. Before the inmate could fully kneel down, Voit threw the inmate to the ground to remove the handcuffs, which was caught on video.

Video evidence of the incident shows that the inmate was not resisting the handcuff removal.

After first being seen by a jail doctor and then taken to a local hospital, the inmate was diagnosed with abrasions on his wrists, a contusion on his back, and a rib fracture.

"I continue to be proud of the work my PIU team is doing to ensure those who wear a badge strengthen the integrity of the profession - not undermine it," Nessel said. "We stand ready to hold anyone who violates their oath to protect and serve accountable."

A $5,000 personal recognizance bond was continued at the arraignment Monday. Voit's next court dates have not been set.

Questions related to Voit's employment status should be directed to the Gogebic County Sheriff's Office.


Please note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The Department does not provide booking photos.