"Outrageous" Sentence Overturned; Perp Goes to Jail - NBC 10 Philadelphia

"Outrageous" Sentence Overturned; Perp Goes to Jail

Former BucksCo asst. D.A., church youth leader took advantage of teens

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    The investigation began in September of 2008 when Richland Township Police discovered Cappuccio and a 17-year-old male, both partially-dressed, parked in a vehicle behind a shopping center.

    A Bucks County judge heeded the pleas of a scorned wife and mother by converting her estranged husband's house arrest into jail time Monday.

    Anthony Cappuccio, 32, pled guilty in March to a myriad of charges for supplying three teens with drugs and alcohol and having a sexual relationship with one, according to court documents.

    The husband and father of two is a former Bucks County assistant district attorney and served as the teen's youth leader at church.

    The surprise reversal came after Judge C. Theodore Fritsch, Jr. received heavy criticism for Cappuccio's sentence. Some alleged the judge gave the former prosecutor special treatment.

    Cappuccio and Fritsch had previously worked together in the D.A.'s office and the judge presided over at least one of Cappuccio's cases, according to The Intelligencer.

    The judge also shared an office with Cappuccio's defense attorney for almost a year in the 1980s, the paper reported.

    Both sides denied any special treatment before the sentence was altered.

    Police found Cappuccio and a 17-year-old boy half-naked in a parked car behind a Richland Township strip mall in September 2008 and the investigation grew from there. He resigned from his post in the D.A.'s office after police filed charges.

    Fritsch's change ups the sentence from 3 - 23 months under house arrest to 6 - 23 months in jail, according to Bucks County prosecutors.

    His wife filed for divorce after his admission. Her family was pleased with the new ruling.

    "I think this was a just sentence, finally…he was walking on the street. Where did he have the right to do that? He preys on teenage boys," Cappuccio's sister-in-law Silvana Palm told 6abc.

    Prosecutors did not say if time served under house arrest counts toward reducing jail time.