Former Baseball Coach Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault


Philadelphia, September 26, 2012: 38-year-old Louis Spadaccini pleaded guilty today to Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Corruption of Minors, Indecent Assault, and Furnishing Alcohol to Minors charges for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy in 2011.  Spadaccini also pleaded guilty to Possession with the Intent to Deliver, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Corruption of Minors, and Furnishing Alcohol to Minors charges for giving alcohol and drugs to a 14-year-old boy in September of 2011.  Spadaccini used his position as a baseball coach at Neumann Goretti High School to prey on these two young victims.

The defendant brought the 13-year-old boy to his house in July of 2011 and provided him with a blended orange drink and vodka.  The defendant then fondled the boy, and exposed his penis to the victim.  In August of 2011, Spadaccini took the same boy to the Holiday Inn on Packer Avenue on two separate occasions.  While inside the hotel room, the defendant provided the boy with alcohol, including a mixed drink with orange soda and vodka that was prepared out of the sight of the victim. After the boy consumed the drinks, the defendant sexually assaulted him.

In September of 2011, the defendant then took a14-year-old boy to the same Holiday Inn on Packer Avenue. While inside of the hotel room, the defendant provided the boy with beer and alcoholic mixed drinks.  The defendant prepared the mixed drinks in the bathroom out of the sight of the victim.  After consuming the drinks, the boy started receiving text messages and phone calls from his parents requesting that he return home.  Once the boy returned home, his parents believed that he was intoxicated and took him to the hospital.  The medical records from that hospital visit reflect the presence of benzodiazepines in the complainant’s blood.  After his arrest, Spadaccini gave a statement to police admitting to picking up the boy at his home, taking him to the hotel, furnishing him with beer and vodka, and mixing a special drink of vodka, orange soda, and Xanax.  The Xanax was slipped into the drink without the victim’s knowledge. Spadaccini also admitted to police that he gave boy the alcohol and Xanax to try and render him unconscious. 

Spadaccini agreed to a negotiated sentence of 12 to 24 years in prison followed by five years probation and lifetime Megan’s law registration.  He is being held without bail and will formally be sentenced in 2013.  ADA Branwen McNabb of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit successfully prosecuted this case.





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