Matthew Scheidt sentenced to 1 year in jail on impersonation charges
Scheidt also sentenced to 1 year of community control, 8 years probation
The Osceola County teen found guilty of impersonating a physician assistant at Osceola Regional Hospital was sentenced to one year in Osceola County Jail with credit for time served on Wednesday.
Matthew Scheidt was found guilty in August of two counts of impersonating a physician assistant and two counts of practicing medicine without a license. The judge sentenced Scheidt to the one year in jail with credit for 264 days of time already served leaving him with 3 more months in jail, along with 1 year of community control and 8 years of probation following.
Scheidt faced a minimum sentence of 84 months or a maximum of 20 years in prison but the judge decided instead to sentence Scheidt as a youthful offender. Scheidt turns 19 years old on Thursday but was 17 years old when he committed the crime.
"There's no question that you knew what you were doing was wrong there's no question that you went to significant length of deception in order to accomplish the criminal acts you committed," said Judge John Morgan. Morgan said that he believed Scheidt wasn't mature enough to understand the consequences of his actions.
Scheidt's father, Matthew Scheidt Sr., told Local 6 he believes the sentencing was fair.
"He's a lucky young man," Scheidt Sr. said. "He's dodged a bullet. He better wake up and better realize how lucky he is and go forward in the best of light and I wish him luck."
Scheidt also faced more charges for impersonating a police officer and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon after he was arrested in Miami Beach in January.
Scheidt obtained an employee badge that gave him access to the emergency room at Osceola Regional Hospital in September 2011. While in the ER, Scheidt conducted exams, provided patient care and accessed restricted patient information, Kissimmee police said. The Human Resources Department became concerned about Scheidt's qualifications when he continually requested access to restricted areas of the hospital.
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