PLAINVILLE - A Middletown man has been convicted of harassing his previous doctor, a former Plainville resident.
Gerald Augustine, 50, pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree harassment during a hearing Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. The plea was part of a deal offered by state prosecutors, which included input from the victim, who said she wanted Augustine to get help and not face prison time.
Augustine had applied for a first-time offender program - as he had no record prior to Tuesday’s conviction - but his attorney withdrew the application in favor of the plea deal. Following the hearing, Augustine was unconditionally discharged - a sentence that does not include any prison time, probation or similar supervision. He was issued a lifetime protective order that forbids him from contacting the victim, going to her home or possessing any firearms or ammunition.
In exchange for his plea, charges of second-degree stalking and disorderly conduct were not pursued.
According to the arrest warrant, the victim, who had previously treated Augustine for a medical condition, received a handwritten, two-page note on June 24 at her then-Plainville home. In it, the anonymous writer said the woman had come onto him and that he “fell in love” with her. The letter also had an email address included, which police used to trace the document back to Augustine, who was then told not to contact the woman again.
The victim told police she never had any emotional feelings for Augustine and that she never gave him any indication that she did. Furthermore, she said she believes he may suffer from a mental disorder and likely “made up this fantasy in his head.”
Then on July 7, after the doctor had moved out of Plainville, a former neighbor of hers called police and said she was approached by a man who wanted to know where the victim had moved, according to the warrant. While police investigated, they found that 10 other neighbors had also been approached by a man who wanted to know where his doctor had moved, alleging that she had molested him, according to the warrant.
Police then spoke to Augustine, who said his doctor in September showed signs that she was “in love with him,” according to the warrant. As he continued to talk with police, he said he was upset when he received a warning from an officer who told him not to contact the victim anymore, the warrant said.
Augustine also admitted to officers he had found out where the woman’s parents live, in another state, and that he had driven there to ask residents if they knew the parents or the doctor so he could make them aware of the allegations he has made against the victim. Police said Augustine also admitted to driving by the victim’s home multiple times when she lived in Plainville.