A judge expressed skepticism Wednesday about whether a former Dublin physician has learned from his criminal behavior of drugging and molesting male patients and friends but then gave the former physician a light sentence.
Tony Shiu, 40, had faced up to 12 years and 10 months in state prison for his no-contest plea on May 14 to eight felony counts and one misdemeanor count for his crimes, which included inappropriately touching a 13-year-old boy whom he treated for a broken wrist in a hospital emergency room.
But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Henry Ramsey, who didn't explain his reasoning, only sentenced Shiu to seven years and four months. That means that Shiu, who fled to Taiwan after authorities began investigating him, will be released from prison in about five years because he's already been in custody for more than a year and he only has to serve 85 percent of his sentence.
Before sentencing Shiu, Ramsey said the former doctor submitted a 19-page handwritten letter to the court about his case but "hasn't said anything to explain his behavior" and "never says there is a lesson to be learned."
The felony charges to which Shiu pleaded were three counts of sexual battery, two counts of administering a controlled substance, two counts of poisoning and one count of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor.
Shiu, whose license to practice medicine was revoked by the Medical Board of California in July 2007, also pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.
He entered his plea, which surprised prosecutors, after a jury had been selected for his trial and shortly before opening statements were to be presented.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Department, which also functions as Dublin's police department, began investigating Shiu in August 2006 when two men said they believed they had been sexually abused by Shiu.