The Miami Herald
October 3, 1987 Saturday
PRISON DOCTOR GUILTY OF DRUG POSSESSION
BYLINE: JAMES F. McCARTY Herald Staff Writer
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A Broward prison psychiatrist suspected of a sex-for-favors scheme pleaded guilty Friday to possession of marijuana.
In a soft, high-pitched voice, Dr. Hugh Brown admitted to the crime, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The 54-year-old Pembroke Pines resident was sentenced to four years probation as part of a plea agreement.
Assistant state attorney Martin Murphy said Brown planned to smuggle a 5-ounce bag of marijuana to a convicted murderer in Broward Correctional Institution, a maximum-security women’s prison in southwest Broward. Brown’s wife, Louise, said her husband was set up by undercover Broward sheriff’s deputies.
Although Brown wasn’t charged with additional crimes, female inmates testified in sworn depositions that Brown gave them candy, sandwiches, jewelry, drugs and telephone privileges in exchange for sex. Brown has denied those allegations.
Brown has been on unpaid administrative leave from his $28,000-a-year job since his arrest Jan. 29. Circuit Judge Robert Carney ordered him to resign from the job he held for 1 1/2 years and to perform 50 hours of community service as additional provisions of his sentence.
Brown wanted to plead no contest to the charge but Carney wouldn’t let him.
“If there’s no alternative then that’s what it has to be,” said Brown, whose first trial ended before it started Aug. 11 when he was hospitalized with chest pains.
Brown said he plans to move to Arizona, New Mexico or California to work with Indians suffering from drug abuse. Carney said if Brown finds a job in the West that his probation can be transferred.
“I’m at the point where I’m at the capstone of my career,” said Brown in a courthouse hallway. “When you get that length of experience you feel an obligation to apply it in some meaningful way.”