Matthew Scheidt's trial postponed until end of year

Pre-trial hearing scheduled for May, officials say

MIAMI, Fla. - Osceola County officials said the trial has been postponed until the end of the year for Matthew Scheidt, the teenager accused of impersonating a physician assistant and a police officer.

Deputies said Scheidt has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for May. He faced a judge on Sunday who denied bond.

Scheidt was returned to the Osceola County jail on Saturday.

Wearing white and orange stripes he faced a judge on Sunday for stealing police gear after he was arrested in Miami Beach for impersonating a police officer.

During the first appearance Scheidt was locked up in a cage in the back of the room to protect himself and others, according to officials.

Scheidt did not say anything as the judge denied bond for the 18-year-old. He's charged with impersonating a police officer and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon after he was arrested in Miami Beach in January.

He also is awaiting trial in Osceola on two counts of impersonating a physician assistant and four counts of practicing medicine without a license.

According to the police report, in January, Scheidt pulled up next to an undercover Miami Beach Police Officer in a white Ford Crown Victoria, resembling an unmarked police car.

The officer said Scheidt was "conducting himself as an officer and using a laptop." The report says Scheidt was using police jargon and even told the officer to put on his seatbelt.

Upon searching the car, the report says police found a .380 caliber Ruger under the front passenger seat, a Taser X-26, handcuffs, a radio, an Osceola County police badge, Osceola police T-shirts and an empty ankle holster.

Osceola deputies said the badge is a fake, but the ID card is authentic. Deputies said Scheidt got the ID from when he was part of the Explorer Program in 2010. He was supposed to give his badge back upon graduation. Deputies said Scheidt told them he had lost it.

Osceola county deputies said he was terminated from the program in 2010 for violating policies.

This is the second impersonation charge for Scheidt. According to Kissimmee police, in August, Scheidt presented himself to the staff at Osceola Regional Medical Center and requested a new hospital identification badge, saying he had changed offices and was a physician assistant. He was then issued an ID card that indicated that he was a physician assistant, police said.

Scheidt later presented himself to a nurse at the hospital emergency room as a physician assistant student at Nova University and said he was working with Dr. Ramirez, assisting him in the office and the operating room, according to police.

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.

A check into his qualifications showed that Scheidt worked for Surgical Management Group as a part-time billing clerk, not a physician assistant.

Authorities were contacted and Scheidt cooperated with detectives.

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