Clearwater neurosurgeon accused of sexually assaulting patient avoids jail time

Posted at 12:47 PM, Feb 15, 2017

The Clearwater neurosurgeon accused of sexually assaulting a patient during a medical exam, will not spend any time in jail.

Dr. John Drygas took a plea deal on Wednesday, which downgraded his charges to aggravated assault.

A judge sentenced him to five years probation.

The victim appeared before the judge at Wednesday’s hearing, making a passionate plea for a harsher sentence while detailing the pain and suffering she had to endure.

The incident took place on July 21, 2015 at the Florida Spine Institute, where Drygas worked.

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According to police, Drygas later admitted that he initiated the sexual encounter at that appointment.

“All he’s getting is a slap on the wrist,” the victim, told the judge during the hearing.

“Instead of fixing my problem physically, you chose to damage me more mentally, emotionally, physically, and that, John Drygas, is an evil soul of anyone I have ever seen in my entire life,” she said.

The victim and her attorney wanted to at least see Drygas have to register as a sex offender, but the judge said he could not legally require that since the the state downgraded the charge.

As part of his sentence, Drygas voluntarily gave up his medical license and will never be allowed to practice medicine again.