Spadaccini strikes out as role model

A victim and the parents of both victims addressed the court at a baseball coach’s sentencing for sexual assault. 

By Amanda L. Snyder

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Lower Moyamensing resident Louis Spadaccini apologized for his failings in court Monday before he was sentenced for deviant sexual intercourse. 

Louis Spadaccini walked in the courtroom with his hands cuffed in front of him and glanced toward his family before sitting in his seat at the defense table around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The former baseball coach at Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., had pled guilty Sept. 26, 2012 to drugging and indecently assaulting a boy he had known for years, as well as drugging an incoming Saints’ freshman until his mother demanded his return home. 

“Through her diligence and perseverance that night, [she] stopped this monster from continuing this life of disgusted shame,” the father of a victim, then 14, said of his wife. 

Spadaccini’s family members and friends pleaded that Judge Ronald C. Nagle not send him too far away, so relatives, including his son, could visit, and Spadaccini’s lawyer, Tariq Karim El-Shabazz, noted his prior benefits to the community.

“If we want to be honest with ourselves, hundreds of young men came under the tutelage of Mr. Spadaccini with no allegations of any foul play, and now in fact, are successful not only in college, some are in the minor leagues,” he said referring to former Saints, such as Mark Donato, whom the Kansas City Royals drafted last year, and Mike Zolk, a University of North Carolina sophomore. 

After a friend, whose husband met Spadaccini, 38, of the 2600 block of South Iseminger Street, in recovery, mentioned his struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, his attorney noted addiction alters one’s personality, resulting in abnormal actions.

“Drugs and alcohol don’t make you rape boys,” Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGlynn, who represented the victims, along with Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb, said, noting the pair were not the only ones Spadaccini abused.

Naming both boys, Spadaccini apologized and admitted his embarrassment. 

“I just want to tell everyone in this room how truly sorry I am for my actions,” he said. “I tried my whole life to help people, and I honestly failed in a big way.” 

Although Chester County’s Nagle, who presided over the case since Spadaccini had worked at the Criminal Justice Center as courtroom operations staffer, said it’s not possible to know what’s in a man’s heart, he didn’t buy the presented rationale. 

“I must tell you, sir, it is an inadequate explanation from the court’s viewpoint, from this judge’s viewpoint,” he said. “What you did in these instances requires a certain degree of planning and conniving, and as one of the parents said, a nurturing of young boys to put yourself in a position of trust. … You have betrayed one of the most important trust that can be given to any human being in what you did.”

Nagle officially sentenced Spadaccini to the negotiated deal of 12 to 24 years in prison followed by five years of probation and a lifetime as a sex offender’s registrant for two counts of corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and furnishing liquor to a minor, as well as a count of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, indecent assault and possession of narcotics. He will receive credit for the 16 months he already has served, and Nagle agreed to recommend him to Chester state prison where he can receive drug and alcohol treatment. He may not have unsupervised contact with children except for his son.

Spadaccini had picked up the 14-year-old boy from his home Sept. 18, ’11 and took him to the Holiday Inn, 900 Packer Ave., where he provided drinks, such as an orange soda, vodka and Xanax blend. His parents’ constant calling and texting resulted in Spadaccini’s returning the boy home about four hours later. The teen spent the next three days at the hospital where blood tests came back positive for benzodiazepines.

“I will never trust again – ever, ever,” the boy’s mother said. “It took a complete stranger to quickly discover and uncover Spadaccini as the real monster that he really is. I’m proud of myself for that and for [the other victim’s] mother, for our motherly intuition that kicked in and enabled us to put a stop to this — that’s been roaming around the ball fields, streets and parks of South Philly for way too long.”

Spadaccini’s reputation was what convinced the boy’s parents to enroll him at the school, as they had heard of his push for academics and compassion, but afterward they wanted him to go elsewhere. However, the boy’s teammates and their parents urged them to stay, which wasn’t easy. 

“He’s the one being whispered about as he climbed the front steps at Neumann that first day,” his father said. “He’s the one who got Coach Lou fired.”

Spadaccini was arrested Sept. 19, posted bail and was released, but police rearrested him the next day after another boy came forward with more serious accusations.

“We learned that our son had been drugged, given significant amounts of alcohol and sexually molested on three different occasions — not by a stranger, but our friend and well-regarded baseball coach whose own son plays baseball with our youngest son,” the mother of the boy who was assaulted said.

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1. Anonymous said... on Feb 7, 2013 at 12:49PM

“I know Louie Spad for years - he was always skum! He was a conniving, manipulating, lying crumb and I'm so glad this dog got his day! Have to say I never pictured him raping young boys - but can't say I'm surprised since once a pig, always a pig! He said at sentencing that he always tried to help people - HA! That is the biggest crock of shxt I've ever heard! Anything Louie did was for his own benefit! As we can clearly see now! He worked in the courtroom as a cryer, and was corrupt in there too. Continued case after case just so he could go home early. Many prisoners sat in jail waiting for their day in court, only to have their case continued to satisfy this bastard! Guess that's why karma left him sitting in prison for 16 months while he waited for his day in court! What goes around comes back around - and he finally got his day! Good luck (NOT) in general population!!!!!!”

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2. Bernadette said... on Feb 7, 2013 at 12:54PM

“Good job as a parent first feelings always right..when it comes to our children. And as far as him going away close enough for his family to visit, well I personally hope he goes to hell. Is that close enough?”

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3. Anonymous said... on Feb 7, 2013 at 01:12PM

“I agree. POS deserves to be shot in the street, not given any special consideration. And Kudos to the mom whose love and care exposed this bastard for the skank he is. Hope he gets sent far, far away. his son is better off without him. We parents sacrifice to send our kids to catholic school thinking they will learn and be safe! turns out, the people you think you can trust are the last that deserve it! Bye Bye scumbag!”

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4. Anonymous said... on Feb 7, 2013 at 04:41PM

“I can't believe this judge or anybody would let this crumb off so easy and send him to a drug treatment prision. HELLO!!!
The DA and the victims parents need to demand this doesn't happen. You guys did an amazing job..........don't let it go to waste. He will have no problems there. He'll rest, go to the gym, go to classes and then have his family visit and blow smoke up his A@#, and tell him how great he is. Write letters, get friends and family to write petitions. DON'T LET HIM OFF EASY.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Feb 7, 2013 at 07:06PM

“SCI Chester is no country club - same as any other state prison - they just offer a drug treatment program - it will be a long twelve years”

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6. Anonymous said... on Feb 8, 2013 at 02:46PM

“those who are defending this creep are just as bad..n.a. blaming the booze and drugs..those people never want to take resonsibility..rot in hell sicko”

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7. Anonymous said... on Feb 8, 2013 at 04:16PM

“First he goes to SCI Camp Hill for processing. Then, if they determine he needs drug treatment, he will go to Chester. When he finishes the program which usually lasts 6 months, he goes right back to another prison. He might wind up at SCI Graterford but there are no guarantees. Don't worry, he'll have plenty of misery for the next 12 years. And by the way, 12 is his minimum and sex offenders NEVER get released after finishing their min....never.”

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8. Bernard said... on Feb 13, 2013 at 08:54PM

“I am glad this pervert is off the streets. I applaud the victims for coming forward, telling their stories and revealing their inner feelings. This, in my opinion, take tremendous courage and I applaud them for standing up to this monster who took advantage of his charges. I do not know if I could show the courage that these young men did and I am 53 years old. I hope they get the help that they need and will heal. They will be in my prayers.”

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9. Anonymous said... on Jul 20, 2014 at 12:12AM

“Not only was he a coach. He was my coach. Everyone trusted him. I lost my scholarship to that shool because of that man. I still have trouble trusting my coaches and other adults.”

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10. Tjc3844 said... on Oct 6, 2014 at 01:57PM

“Maybe kids will come forward about him too!”


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