Feitz sentenced to Life in prison for sexually abusing child

A local podiatrist was sentenced to Life in prison Thursday following his May 1 conviction for sexually abusing a child, State Attorney Larry Basford announced.

Defendant Daniel Feitz
Lead Prosecutor Frank Sullivan.

Circuit Court Judge Brantley Clark sentenced Dr. Daniel E. Feitz, 61, to Life in prison for Sexual Battery Upon a Child Less Than 12 Years of Age, Life in prison for Lewd or Lascivious Molestation, and 15 years for Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition. The sentences will run concurrent, or at the same time.

Lead Prosecutor Frank Sullivan during trial.

Judge Clark also designated the defendant as a Sexual Predator.

Lead Prosecutor Frank Sullivan and Prosecutor Morgan McAfee called 7 witnesses, including the victim, during the 2-day trial proving the defendant committed the acts against the child when she was 10 years old.

The jury deliberated for a little over an hour and a half before returning its verdict.

“The jury’s verdict in this case not only brings justice to the victim, but also gives her closure and the opportunity to move forward with her life in a meaningful way,” Sullivan said after the verdict.

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Basford thanked the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement for their work on the case.

For more information, contact Mike Cazalas at mike.cazalas@sa14.fl.gov, or call 850-381-7454.