Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Phony doctor sentenced to prison after admitting to sex with teenage boy

LARGO — A 71-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to falsely claiming to be a doctor and molesting a child. Richard O'Toole will spend 21 months in prison and 10 years on probation.

O'Toole pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious battery, unlawful sex with a minor and practicing medicine without a license.

O'Toole did not speak in court. But Francine Arrington, whose son was approached by O'Toole at First Unity Church in St. Petersburg, said the ordeal was "a horrible thing for these young men. I'm just glad justice has been served."

She said she would have liked a longer prison term, but "we'll take what we can get. At least he's admitted to what he's done."

The sentence was the result of a plea agreement.

At First Unity, O'Toole convinced some members he was a doctor specializing in adolescent psychology. He counseled several church members, including children. But during "counseling" with youths, the subject of masturbation and sex often came up. One youth reported that when he was 17, O'Toole asked him to pull out his "tiger."

O'Toole also was accused of performing oral sex on a young man he's known for several years.

The young man, who is now 20, said he had met O'Toole at age 12, when he offered to mow his lawn. Within a year, O'Toole was talking about sex, touching him and performing oral sex, police said.

Police said it continued once or twice a week for years — and ended only a few weeks before the young man came forward earlier this year.

Phony doctor sentenced to prison after admitting to sex with teenage boy 11/12/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trump's lawyers seek to undercut Mueller's Russia investigation


    Some of President Donald Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president's authority to grant pardons, the Washington Post reported, citing people familiar …

    President Donald Trump is said to be irritated by the notion that the special counsel's investigation could reach into his and his family's finances. [Associated Press]
  2. North Tampa shooting leaves one man dead


    Times staff

    TAMPA — A man was fatally shot Thursday afternoon after an argument with another man escalated, police said.

  3. St. Pete City Council tightens building rules in historic areas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — There's a battle being waged over the soul of the city's historic neighborhoods.

    A new larger home sits next to a smaller one in the Kenwood neighborhood in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
  4. Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigns over 'inappropriate conduct' (w/ video)


    OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze was at Jackson Country Club on Wednesday night, giving his yearly rah-rah speech about the Rebels overcoming adversity and getting ready for the college football season.

    If Hugh Freeze hadn’t resigned, Ole Miss says it would have fired him for violating his contract’s moral turpitude clause.
  5. Fennelly: With playoff chase in high gear, it's time for Rays to make a move

    The Heater


    Thursday was an off-day for the Rays, who are coming off a solid western swing. I assume there was no rest for the tag-team Rays baseball brain trust of Matt Silverman, Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom, whose job it is to improve this team in advance of the trade deadline. They've done a good job …

    Evan Longoria is glad to see the Rangers coming to town: He’s batting .296 against them with 15 homers and 56 RBIs in 69 career games.