Guilty plea in prosecutor teen sex case

March 10, 2009 11:30:37 AM PDT
A former Bucks County Assistant District Attorney has pleaded guilty to charges he gave alcohol and marijuana to a group of teens, and had a sexual relationship with one of them. Anthony Cappuccio, 31, of Perkasie, Pa. entered the plea Tuesday.

He was sentenced to 3-23 months to be served on house arrest and work release, to be followed by 7 years probation.

He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, pay court costs and not to have any contact with the victims, their families or members of his church youth group, where he was a youth leader.

The Assistant AG strongly argued that Cappuccio should be incarcerated and the Attorney General's Office believes that sentence is too light given the severity of the crime.

Cappuccio was charged with child endangerment and corruption of minors - both felonies - as well as furnishing liquor to minors and illegal use of a communications device.

Cappuccio was an assistant D.A. until he resigned on September 6, 2008.

The investigation into Cappuccio started September 5, 2008. Richland Township Police officers found Cappuccio with a 17-year-old male inside a vehicle at a shopping center in Quakertown.

Court documents described Cappuccio and the teen as "engaging in inappropriate behavior" and "partially clothed."

Officials say Cappuccio met the teen and two others while he was a youth leader at the First United Methodist Church in Perkasie.

Cappuccio allegedly took the three juveniles to various concerts starting in 2005; allegedly smoked marijuana with two of them; and gave all three of them alcohol on different occasions.

Investigators say they found that Cappuccio had a relationship with the teen.

Cappuccio is married and has two children.

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