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Radiological physicist forfeits license to practice amid child porn convictions


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SPRING HILL - A Spring Hill diagnostic radiological physicist voluntarily relinquished his license to practice as a medical physicist after failing to report a guilty plea in Hillsborough County Court to five counts of possession of child pornography.

Ronald Eugene Long, 60, of 5631 Cactus Circle, was originally charged with nine felony counts, and was granted sex offender probation after pleading guilty to five of the charges, court records show.

Long served no prison time for the offense.

Court records show a warrant for Long's arrest was issued February 2007, and was served about a week later in Hernando County. Long was ordered by Hillsborough County Court to do 500 hours of community service and four years of electronically monitored probation. His request to terminate community control was granted November 2008 by Judge Padgett Rogers.

Long violated his probation about a year later, court records show, and his request to terminate his probation almost two years early was granted by Judge Chet Tharpe in March 2010. Long's case closed two months later.

Long's medical license was relinquished following an October 2011 Florida Department of Health investigation into allegations he failed to notify the agency of the charges within 30 days, according to the report.

The investigation was filed with the department in March of this year, and follows a previous investigation closed April 2009 in which Long also voluntarily relinquished his certified radiologic technologist license, or CRT.

In that case, Long also failed to disclose to the Florida Department of Health that his membership with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists had been revoked by the organization's ethics committee in May 2008.

According to the ARRT, the organization revokes licenses if the ethics committee determines the individual violated the Rules of Ethics.

A copy of the revocation could not be obtained before press time.

Revocation is the most serious ethics sanction imposed, according to the organization, and prohibits the individual from using the ARRT credential, designation, mark, or name in any manner for any purpose.

Long is a registered sex offender in Spring Hill, and relinquished his licenses to avoid further penalties from the Florida Department of Health, according to the investigation.

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