Georgia professor turns himself in to face charges

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Updated: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:15:29 EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — 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 at the Clarke County Jail.

Attorney Elizabeth Grant says her client, UGA psychology professor Charles Eugene Lance, plans to appeal his suspension from the university. Grant says the charges involve "common prescription drugs" and are not controlled substances.

Lance faces a charge of criminal attempt to obtain a dangerous drug through fraudulent means.

Campus police say Lance asked the female student to purchase the prescription drugs during her spring break trip to Mexico.

University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the request put the student in the position of getting in trouble with authorities in Mexico and the United States.

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