A teenager accused of using phony credentials to pose as a physician's assistant at the Osceola Regional Medical Center appeared before a judge Tuesday in Kissimmee.
Police say 17-year-old Matthew Scheidt was able to get access to patients in the emergency room, give treatments, and even review confidential medical records. He could be charged with five counts of impersonating a physician.
Since Scheidt was first taken into custody last week, he had been placed under house arrest. On Tuesday, Osceola County Circuit Judge Donald Myers changed that order.
"You are going to be released from home detention, back to the custody of a parent or guardian, and just need to appear for the court hearing next Monday," Myers said.
Police records show that Scheidt was able to obtain a fake badge for the hospital by posing as a 23-year-old physician's assistant from Nova Southeastern University. During a period of two weeks, police said Scheidt gave CPR to a patient in cardiac arrest and examined undressed male patients.
When leaving the Osceola County Courthouse, Scheidt's mother was asked about the accusations against her son.
"We don't have comments at this time. We just appreciate that you guys will respect our family and give us some space," Kelly Scheidt said.
Matthew Scheidt was once in the Explorers program at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, but officials say he was kicked out for wearing equipment and a badge that too closely resembled those of real deputies.
He has been ordered back into court next Tuesday to be formally charged.