MARCO ISLAND — The State Attorney's Office has formally filed charges against a 46-year-old Marco Island doctor accused of soliciting sex for a medical procedure.
However, Dr. Andrew Guidry's defense attorney is confident he will prove his innocence.
Guidry was arraigned today before Collier County Judge Michael Provost, eight days after the State Attorney's Office filed a notice of information, showing it intends to proceed with the case. Guidry, who lives in Naples and has another office in East Naples, entered a not-guilty plea last month.
“I am optimistic that once the state is able to review all of the evidence -- not just what has been provided by the alleged victim -- the state will agree to an appropriate resolution," defense attorney Jerry Berry of Naples said today. "If it can’t be resolved then Dr. Guidry is confident that after six intelligent and reasonable citizens hear all of the facts, he will be acquitted.”
On July 20, Marco Island police charged Guidry, a former Marco Island City Council candidate, with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor. He has no criminal record, except a 2009 misdemeanor domestic battery charge the State Attorney’s Office dropped in July; his medical license also shows no discipline.
The new charge, a second-degree misdemeanor, is punishable by up to 60 days in county jail and a $500 fine.
The charge involves a 24-year-old Naples woman whose name is being withheld due to the sexual nature of the case. Guidry was her childhood doctor and they remained friends over the years, even going to a wedding together.
She’d seen Guidry for an exam earlier this year and told police he tried to fondle her breasts and attempted to unzip her pants during an exam. She called him again in June to arrange to remove her Implanon, a birth control device in her arm.
She told police it was clear he scheduled an after-hours appointment on July 9 so they could be alone to have sex as payment. When she said she preferred to pay, he got mad and told her the cost, normally a $300 procedure. She contacted police and agreed to a taped phone call.
In it, police reports show, he told her about two sexual positions he hoped to perform and she asked if they were discussing a payment. He said: "Yeah, we are talking about making sure that you’re fully compensated and I’m fully compensated."
Berry has said the taped conversation was just Guidry joking with the woman, as he often did, and he'd even asked two others to listen to the conversation.