Sam Andolina, 40, avoided prison time as part of a negotiated plea deal to which a circuit judge agreed on Wednesday.
BUNNELL — A South Florida man who admitted to molesting a 14-year-old girl in her Flagler County bedroom in 2017 will spend the next 10 years on sex offender’s probation.
But Sam Andolina, 40, avoided prison time as part of a negotiated plea deal to which a circuit judge agreed Wednesday.
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Andolina stood handcuffed, dressed in jail scrubs, in a courtroom inside the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center as Circuit Court Judge Terence Perkins read out his sentence. Andolina, who has been in custody on a pair of child molestation charges since last September, is expected to be a free man by Thursday.
According to his May 28 plea agreement, Andolina pleaded guilty to sexual assault by a custodian on a minor under the age of 16, a count that carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a lewd and lascivious molestation charge, a second-degree felony, as part of the deal.
Andolina’s attorney, William Bookhammer, asked Perkins to postpone his sentencing three times prior to Wednesday to allow the defendant time to secure a home before his release from jail. Bookhammer said during Wednesday’s hearing that the residence had finally been approved and was ready for Andolina to move in. He asked the judge to release him from the jail Thursday morning.
Andolina’s conviction stems from a December 2017 incident in which he lured a 14-year-old girl into her bedroom. The teen said he asked her if she liked boys, laid her on her bed, exposed himself, told her to perform a sex act on him and touched her inappropriately.
Flagler County deputies investigated the allegations for eight months before bringing charges. Cape Coral police arrested Andolina on a Flagler County warrant Sept. 6 at his house in Lee County. He was extradited to the Flagler County jail six days later and has been behind bars awaiting trial ever since.
Andolina’s probation requires him to remain in Flagler County, but Perkins granted him a one-time motion to return to his Lee County home for 24 hours to pick up his belongings. The judge also made exceptions in Andolina’s probation, such as allowing him to use the internet for work purposes and have supervised visits with his two biological daughters.
Andolina will have to register as a sex offender and will be subject to random searches of his electronic devices.