March 22, 2014

Georgia professor turns himself in to face charges


Associated Press

— A lawyer says a University of Georgia professor accused of asking a student to buy prescription drugs for him while the student visited Mexico during spring break has surrendered to authorities.

Psychology professor Charles Eugene Lance of Lawrenceville was released on bond from the Clarke County jail Friday afternoon. He faces a charge of criminal attempt to obtain a dangerous drug through fraudulent means.

Lance’s lawyer, Elizabeth Grant, says the charges involve “common prescription drugs” and are not controlled substances. She said a medication marketed in the U.S. as Wellbutrin is the drug involved in the Mexico allegation.

Grant added that Lance intends to appeal his suspension from the university.

University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the student faced potential trouble with authorities in Mexico and the United States.