MARCO ISLAND — A 46-year-old Marco Island doctor charged with soliciting sex for a medical procedure has entered a not guilty plea, but his arraignment on Wednesday was postponed for two weeks.
Neither Dr. Andrew Martin Guidry nor his defense attorney, Jerry Berry of Naples, were required to appear for the arraignment, and the State Attorney’s Office requested the continuance.
Guidry, a former Marco Island City Council candidate, was charged by Marco Island police with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor, but has not been formally charged by the State Attorney’s Office. He has no record, except for a 2009 misdemeanor domestic battery charge the State Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute and dismissed in July.
The solicitation charge, a second-degree misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a $500 fine. Berry has said the taped phone conversation that resulted in the charge was just Guidry joking with the woman, as he often did, and he even asked two others to listen in on their conversation.
Guidry’s medical license is clean and shows no discipline since he became an osteopathic physician in Florida 14 years ago. His internal medicine practice is located at Marco Medical on Bald Eagle Drive. Guidry, who lives in Naples, has been in the National Guard for 25 years, served in Iraq as a battalion surgeon in 2003, and served as a corpsman in Beirut for nine months in 1984.
Due to the sexual nature of the case, the 24-year-old Naples woman’s name is being withheld by the Daily News. Police reports provide the following account:
Unemployed and uninsured, the woman went to Guidry, her childhood doctor and friend, because she couldn’t afford the $300 cost of removing an Implanon, a contraceptive device implanted in her arm. She’d seen Guidry a few months earlier and said he tried to fondle her breasts and attempted to unzip her pants during an exam.
But she called again in June, after his domestic violence arrest, and they texted each other and he said the allegations were false and he needed a hug. The next month, she asked to have the Implanon removed. He said he wasn’t trained in Implanon removal, but could do it.
The two texted again and scheduled a July 9 appointment after 5 p.m. because he said it was an expensive procedure and he didn’t want it known he was doing it free. She told police it was clear he wanted to be alone to have sex as payment. When she said she preferred to pay, he got mad and told her the cost.
She contacted police, who arranged a taped phone call, when she agreed to his proposal and he named specific sex acts, but became professional and ended the call. He called back on her cell phone and said he couldn’t talk earlier because an employee had walked in.
He then told her about two sexual positions he hoped to perform and she asked if they were talking about payment. He said: “Yeah, we are talking about making sure that you’re fully compensated and I’m fully compensated.”