Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Former Hernando surgeon gets prison for probation violation

BROOKSVILLE — A former Spring Hill orthopedic surgeon was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for failing to comply with sex offender reporting requirements.

Adrian I. Medina, 50, was arrested in January after investigators learned he had been staying with his girlfriend in Tampa and not at his permanent address in Brooksville. Medina pleaded guilty last month.

Medina took the stand Thursday and said he didn't know he had to submit temporary addresses to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement because he did not thoroughly read probation documents. "I'm truly sorry," he said. "I'm very detail-oriented. I know now and will make sure it never happens again."

Sentencing guidelines called for a prison term of five to 10 years. Medina's attorney, Mark Rodriguez, asked Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. to extend Medina's probation. Rodriguez said Merritt could legally depart from those guidelines because the offense was isolated and unsophisticated and Medina was remorseful. Rodriguez said Medina, who recently bought a home in Bradenton, had no other violations during eight years of probation.

Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly asked for six years in prison. Daly said Medina committed the offense in a "deceptive and sneaky way" because he didn't want his girlfriend's neighbors to find out he was a sex offender.

Merritt agreed.

"I find … that he is not as ignorant as he claims," the judge said.

Medina pleaded guilty in Orange County in 2004 to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old patient and sending her pornographic images via email. He served a year in jail and his medical license was revoked.

Former Hernando surgeon gets prison for probation violation 09/12/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 9:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Donald Trump calls for NFL to set a rule forbidding players from kneeling during national anthem

    Bucs

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is up and tweeting, and his target is the NFL.

    The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday in Glendale, Ariz. [AP photo]
  2. Tampa International named among least expensive airports

    News

    TAMPA — Florida airports apparently have a knack for getting it done cheaply.

    According to RewardExpert, Tampa International Airport is the fifth least expensive domestic airport. 
[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
 file photo]

  3. What Hurricane Maria taught me about the people of Puerto Rico

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN — After Hurricane Maria took their roof, water and electricity — but spared their chickens — Ana De Jesús and Santiago Quiñones packed a few basics and moved across the street into their windowless beachside kiosk.

    Ismael Freytes, 69, removes muddy debris as he tries to clean out his house in Arecibo, where the local river poured into the streets after Hurricane Maria. [CARL JUSTE?| Miami Herald]
  4. Anna Maria City Pier to close for year after 'extensive damage' from Hurricane Irma

    Travel

    ANNA MARIA — While Hurricane Irma's last-minute shift helped spare large swaths of Florida cities from catastrophic damage, the Anna Maria City Pier didn't fare so well.

    A damage assessment following Hurricane Irma suggests repairs for the Anna Maria City Pier can take at least 12 months. [LUIS SANTANA for Visit Florida]
  5. Photo of the Day for September 26, 2017 - Flying gecko on glass

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Wayne Rayburn of Tarpon Springs, FL. He calls it "Flying gecko on glass."