Judge denies bond to suspended Marco Island doctor

William DeShazer/StaffMarco Island doctor Andrew Guidry appears in Collier County Court for a domestic violence probation hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

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William DeShazer/StaffMarco Island doctor Andrew Guidry appears in Collier County Court for a domestic violence probation hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

Andrew Guidry

Andrew Guidry

— A suspended Marco Island doctor jailed for three weeks will remain behind bars after a prosecutor objected to releasing him on bond Wednesday.

Dr. Andrew Guidry, who is charged with violating probation in three domestic violence cases involving his wife, will return to court Dec. 19 for a trial or sentencing, if he accepts a plea deal.

"The offer that we had we no longer have," defense attorney James Karl of Marco Island told Collier County Judge Vince Murphy as 49-year-old Guidry stood in court, wearing green jail overalls and looking haggard and unshaven. "I think we're very close. We're not miles apart."

Karl said the plea deal was changed after 4 p.m. Tuesday, so he wasn't prepared for a trial Wednesday with witnesses, but Assistant State Attorney Kate Rumley told the judge they now have an "informal" plea offer that includes jail time.

Karl called it a substantial amount of time, in light of Guidry's need to work to save his practice, Marco Medical Group. It's now being operated by another doctor after the state Board of Osteopathic Medicine suspended Guidry's license last week.

The indefinite suspension involves a former patient's allegations in 2009 that he offered to perform a medical procedure she couldn't afford in exchange for sex, and a prior allegation of inappropriate touching.

Karl noted Guidry hadn't committed any acts of violence and was jailed because his estranged wife, Catherine Atkinson Guidry, walked into his home on Oct. 29 and Nov. 7 to pick up their two young girls, violating a restraining order. A plea deal this year requires their nanny to pick up the children.

The restraining order was lifted Nov. 21 after Guidry testified she doesn't fear her 5-foot 5-inch husband, needs to work in his office, and requires his help with the children due to a medical condition that weakens her.

However, when Karl asked to renew his Nov. 21 motion to release Guidry on bond to get his affairs in order, Rumley objected.

"Every time he's released, he commits another violation," Rumley said.

Karl argued Guidry hadn't committed any acts of violence, completed a rehabilitation program after a violation involving alcohol possession and noted that the no-contact order no longer exists.

But it was his third violation, Murphy said, adding, "That certainly is not a good thing."

Guidry landed in jail Nov. 14, his seventh arrest since 2009. Most were domestic violence allegations involving his estranged wife and their pending divorce. Except for four misdemeanor convictions for violating restraining orders this year, the State Attorney's Office dropped all charges because his wife didn't want him prosecuted. The soliciting prostitution charge that led to his license suspension didn't end in a conviction because he entered a pretrial diversion program.

Karl said Guidry was told his reinstatement "with conditions" would begin Feb. 15; state health officials couldn't immediately be reached to confirm that.

"This has gotten way out of control," Karl said after the hearing. "The publicity, the innuendo and the rumors have completely taken on a life of their own that have no relation to the facts. It's very rare that this happens, that they pull a deal out from under you."

Prosecutors declined to comment, but called the prior offer "informal" and verbal.

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captnjimbo writes:

Why is this old news originally posted last year being posted as a headline?

Enough already.

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