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Spadaccini enters guilty plea

The former Neumann-Goretti baseball coach, who appeared in court Wednesday, will be spending more than a decade behind bars.

By Amanda L. Snyder
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About three months after leading the baseball team at Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., to its second City and Catholic League titles under his tenure, Louis Spadaccini was arrested for drugging a boy and rearrested days later when another boy came forward with a similar story that also included accusations of sexual assault.

Spadaccini, 38, of the 2600 block of South Iseminger Street, pled guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to a minor; and one count of forcible compulsion, indecent assault and possession with intent to deliver Sept. 26 and agreed to a sentence of 12 to 24 years in jail and five years on probation. His bail was revoked and he will be formerly sentenced next year, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“Spadaccini used his position as a baseball coach at Neumann-Goretti High School to prey on these two young victims,” according to a District Attorney’s Office press release.

In July of 2011, Spadaccini, who started as the team’s assistant coach in ’07 before becoming its head coach a year later, took a 13-year-old boy to his Lower Moyamensing home where he provided the victim an orange soda and vodka concoction before fondling the youngster and exposing himself to him, according to the release. The following month the same sequence of events occurred at the Holiday Inn, 900 Packer Ave., with the same minor.

Then Spadaccini picked up a different boy, a 14-year-old, from his home at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 18, ’11 and transported him to the Holiday Inn where he supplied him with beer and mixed drinks, which were prepared in the bathroom out of the boy’s sight, according to the release and police. After he had a few drinks, including an orange soda, vodka and Xanax blend, the victim’s parents repeatedly called and texted him. Spadaccini dropped the youngster off at his residence at 8:30 p.m. His parents, thinking he was intoxicated, took him to the hospital where tests revealed benzodiazepines in his blood.

Spadaccini was arrested Sept. 19, ’11 and admitted to police he put the Xanax in the boy’s drink without his knowledge.

“Spadaccini also admitted to police that he gave [the] boy the alcohol and Xanax to try and render him unconscious,” according to the release.

He posted part of the $15,000 bail amount Sept. 20, ‘11, but was rearrested two days later when the younger victim came forward with the sexual assault accusations. His bail for that case was $2 million, which he did not post.

“We’re just really shocked,” John Murawski, the school’s president, said after the arrests. “The community as a whole just feels betrayed. This [was] a well-respected and beloved member of our athletic program.”

Contact Managing Editor Amanda L. Snyder at asnyder@southphillyreview.com or ext. 117.

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1. Anonymous said... on Sep 28, 2012 at 10:34AM

“I hope some inmate puts Xanax in his drink. Sick f#$@!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Oct 4, 2012 at 07:11PM

“I am a resident of the so called "shady" block where Spadaccini lived. It is a close knit block of hard working, family oriented citizens. We have shared in the joy of births, marriages, proms and graduations. We have also supported one another in times of loss and struggle. I am a college educated professional and proud resident. I am curious as to what you think is "shady" about this block. If you think it is shady, you clearly have a reason to believe so. Please enlighten me and my fellow neighbors. For the record, where he lived had nothing to do with his actions. would you make the same statement if Spadaccini lived in Packer Park or Girard Estates??”

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3. Anonymous said... on Oct 4, 2012 at 08:59PM

“#8, 9, 10 I cannot believe you would be on here joking. This is a very serious situation. What if it were your child. What class you people have being from Packer Park and Girard Estate.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Oct 4, 2012 at 09:03PM

“#13, I am not the "educated professional" you are speaking of but I am a parent whose son was on the baseball team and you really have me furious right now. Pray this never happens to you or someone you love!”

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5. Anonymous said... on Oct 4, 2012 at 09:16PM

“Please there is nothing shady about the neighborhood, there is very far and few nice neighborhoods left and this is definitely one of them..Please don't let one creeper be your judgement on the entire neighborhood. You are being narrow minded!”

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6. TeeTwo said... on Oct 5, 2012 at 08:13AM

“I am a resident of the "shady" neighborhood, in fact I live on the same block as the Spadacinni family. This is a nice neighborhood of very hard working good people. So when you call the neighborhood "shady" it is hurtful since we do all we can to make it a "nice" neighborhood. We are united in trying to curb the criminals that come from other areas into ours to sell drugs, vandalize our property and rob our homes. It is hard to believe that Lou committed these crimes, however he has said that he has and he should be punished for these crimes. I am sad for his family who are great people and for the victims, I hope they find peace....”

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7. Anonymous said... on Oct 9, 2012 at 08:13PM

“I hops this mf-ing pervert get his ass pounded in prison by very large and dark hardened black criminals. Who cares what block he lived on, he deserves what he has coming to him. Lock this pervert fag in a cell with a gay 500 pound murderer. See ya in 12 to 24 you sick prick. Then you have to register as a sick pervert on megans law list for the rest of your life so everyone will always know what kind of twisted bastard you really are.”

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8. Anonymous said... on Oct 18, 2012 at 03:49AM

“Hope he gets bent over n gets his cheeks spread apart and a gay guy makes his ass clap and bust it open”

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9. Anonymous said... on Oct 21, 2012 at 01:16AM

“We shouldn't let anyone upset us, because we know there are sickess in all neighborhoods!”

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10. Anonymous said... on Oct 28, 2012 at 10:13PM

“this is way beyond a shady block. nobody like each other but yet they all think they know your biz. these people on this block are a bunch of evil spirited and vile mouthed trouble makers. most of them them stop their utility meters and one particular family packed like eh..15 people in one house and their taxes still have not gone up. thanks to politico's i won't even mention. this is one creepy block...it's sad that people exist on this chattering gossiping street. there's even a day care center in a residential home that actually caught on fire so wassup with that? Can anyone say out loud all nutcases and thieves...criminals who have tons of skeletons in their own closets. A bunch of sick evil freaks. my house is for sale. hooray!”

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11. Anonymous said... on Nov 1, 2012 at 09:48PM

“#10 you are a big PUSSY....funny you call neighbors nosy and yet you posted things that lots of the neighbors didn't even know when on up that street like a fire. Now isn't that calling the kettle black. And guess what, the neighbors probably celebrated when you moved. YOU were probably one of the troublemakers.”

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12. Anonymous said... on Nov 2, 2012 at 05:10AM

“#10 seems to me like you were one of the nosy neighbors since you seem to know so much about everyone's business! How would you know who stopped their utility meters? Wonder if you were the one who lived in, not owned because you didn't own the house, but the one they had to gut because of its deplorable conditions after you moved out! HMMMMM!!!!!”

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13. Anonymous said... on Feb 5, 2013 at 06:41PM

“This crumb should get life because he ruined these kids lives. He's a waste, always been a waste. Child out of wed lock, college drop out, drug addict, deadbeat dad, still living with mommy and daddy. Would drop his kid off to friends on the two days he had him every two weeks. Left his son in Maryland to run home to take that boy to the Holiday Inn. Scum of the Earth, he is. And his family paints him as this angel whose done so much good. He's done nothing but take up space with his fat disgusting bald self.”

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14. Anonymous said... on Feb 5, 2013 at 09:53PM

“I feel really bad for his parents because they are nice people and its not their fault.........Iseminger street is not a bad street to live up it just alot of people who live up there are in your bussiness.

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