A Bel Air chiropractor was convicted in Harford Circuit Court last week of possessing steroids and was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.
Brian L. Regan, 33, of the 1700 block of Ross Road in Forest Hill pleaded not guilty to the statement of facts in the plea arrangement that guaranteed him no prison time.
Judge William O. Carr placed the defendant on two years of supervised probation, fined him $5,000, and ordered him to perform 500 hours of community service. Dr. Regan was also ordered by the judge to submit to six random urinalysis tests during the probationary period.
Judge Carr called Dr. Regan, who operates the Yalich Clinic of Bel Air, P.C., at 39 Churchville Road, "an embarrassment to his profession and community."
The clinic, also known as ChiroPro, has removed the sign bearing the Yalich name from the outside of its office, but Dr. Lawrence Yalich said last week that Dr. Regan still has the legal right to use the Yalich franchise name.
Dr. Yalich said his recent offer to buy back Dr. Regan's right to the Yalich name was rejected by Dr. Regan.
Before Wednesday's sentencing, Dr. Regan told Judge Carr he was sorry.
He said the whole ordeal was a mistake, a misjudgment on his part. He said he had lost respect professionally and personally.
Judge Carr said he did not believe the chiropractor's story that the doctor thought it was acceptable to order steroids through foreign mail-order catalogs.
"You, of all people, should know that using steroids is bad for you," the judge said.
"And to call it recreational use -- it's just as recreational as shooting cocaine or heroin," he said.
To call it legal because it comes through mail order is not the
message to send out to the community, the judge said.
The doctor's conduct was unacceptable, the judge said, and "that's the message I want going out to the community."
According to the statement of facts, customs agents intercepted a package from Zurich, Switzerland, containing steroids on June 7, 1993.
The package was addressed to Carol Eid in the 1300 block of Gibbs Court in Bel Air.
Prosecutor Hans Miller said postal inspectors and Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force detectives tracked the package to the Gibbs Court address on June 10 and then followed Ms. Eid, later identified as Dr. Regan's office manager, to the doctor's Ross Road residence.
Among the items in the package were 30 vials, each containing 100 milligrams of Sustanon, an anabolic steroid listed by the federal government as an illegal controlled dangerous substance, the prosecutor said.
Dr. Regan told agents that Ms. Eid had nothing to do with the steroids, other than to place the order for him, the prosecutor said.
She was not charged.
Dr. Regan's conviction might be reviewed by the state's Board of Chiropractic Examiners.