By DAVID HARPER Tulsa World Staff Writer
Published: 11/13/2009 7:44 PM
An Oklahoma City bodybuilder who pleaded guilty in August to distributing an anabolic steroid was sentenced Friday in federal court in Tulsa to one month in jail and ordered to perform 400 hours of community service.
Mark Woodward, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control’s office in Oklahoma City, said in April 2008 that agents had opened the investigation after receiving a significant number of calls from high school coaches who were concerned about possible steroid use among their players.
Guy Marc Ducasse, 46, will speak to youngsters about the dangers of steroids during those community service hours.
Claire Eagan, U.S. chief district judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, characterized the punishment as the most unusual sentence she has ever crafted. She also placed him under court supervision for three years.
Ducasse’s guilty plea was limited to one occasion of distributing Proviron to a dentist in 2006. Ducasse said he gave the drug to the man, who he said also was his friend. He denied selling the drug to the dentist.
However, Eagan said the court has found that Ducasse distributed 4,324 units of steroids to at least seven people.
That finding contributed to the federal sentencing guidelines recommending a prison sentence of 15 to 21 months.
However, Eagan said she believes that the alternate sentence she crafted was just as - if not more - “onerous” than having Ducasse spend 15 months in prison at taxpayer expense while lifting weights.
She ordered that he report to jail on Dec. 2.
After his release from jail in early January, Ducasse will be expected to speak to students - likely in Oklahoma City-area high schools - about the hazards of steroids and his related experience with the legal system.
Ducasse is to complete the
400 hours of community service over 10 months. When school is not in session during the summer, he will be expected to deliver his message at youth athletic camps, the judge ruled.
The case was prosecuted in federal court in Tulsa because it sprang from state and local undercover officers’ investigation of widespread steroid use and distribution in Tulsa.
Ducasse lived here when anabolic steroids and human growth hormone were seized March 25, 2008, from the home where Ducasse had been living in the 7500 block of East 88th Street.