Pensacola Dentist Charles Stamitoles granted bond by county judge

After Pensacola dentist Charles Stamitoles was sentenced to nine months in Escambia County Jail for battering an employee, a judge granted him bond Monday afternoon pending his appeal.

Escambia County Judge Kristina Lightel granted Stamitoles’ motion to offer a bond of $5,000 after his defense attorney Gene Mitchell filed an appeal of his guilty verdict in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.

“If (Stamitoles) sits in jail for 270 days, we all know that the appeal is going to take longer than that,” Mitchell told the judge during the hearing. “If he prevails on appeal, he will effectively be denied right to appeal since his punishment will have already been served.”

Sentencing:Pensacola dentist Charles Stamitoles sentenced to 9 months jail time for touching employee

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According to First District Court of Appeal records, Mitchell filed the appeal Nov. 3.

Stamitoles was sentenced to nine months in jail on Nov. 1 after he was found guilty by a jury on Oct. 26 of slapping an employee’s buttocks, kissing her neck and grabbing her from behind without her consent.

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