Former Pittsburgh Public Schools principal found guilty of lewdness charges
May 14, 2014 11:19 PM
Darrell Sapp / Post-Gazette
Alfonzo DeIuliis with his attorneys outside of Magisterial District Judge Willam K. Wagner's offices in McCandless Twps.
By Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The former Pittsburgh Public Schools principal accused of lewd behavior at a McCandless gym was found guilty Wednesday on all counts.
The jury deliberated less than three hours before returning its verdict against Alfonzo DeIuliis, 37, who had been suspended without pay from Pittsburgh Brookline K-8.
He was found guilty of open lewdness, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, harassment and indecent exposure for three separate victims at the LA Fitness in McCandless between February and August 2013.
The trial before Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel began on Monday.
Mr. DeIuliis testified on his own behalf on Tuesday and denied the allegations.
He was accused of exposing himself in the sauna at the gym and soliciting sex acts from other men. There also was testimony that he was seen masturbating in both the sauna and the shower.
Mr. DeIuliis will be sentenced on July 29. In the meantime, his bond has been revoked.
Defense attorney Phil DiLucente said following the verdict he was “extremely disappointed, and quite frankly, dumbfounded.”
“It appears the jury disregarded the entire defense case in chief,” he said.
Mr. DiLucente presented an alibi witness who testified Mr. DeIuliis was with her during one of the alleged incidents, and another witness who said he told her that he had been solicited by another man in the sauna.
Mr. DiLucente also believed that gym records showing when Mr. DeIuliis checked in to the facility — which did not match the dates given by two of the victims — would turn the case in his favor.
But assistant district attorney Kevin Chernosky argued during his closing to the jury that it was possible for members to enter the facility without having their cards swiped.
“We recognize when you have three victims — post-Sandusky — the odds are stacked against you,” Mr. DiLucente said. “I’m surprised at how quickly the jury came back.” He was referring to the case of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was found guilty in 2012 of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
Because his client was found guilty of two felonies and several misdemeanors, Mr. DiLucente said it’s possible Mr. DeIuliis could face a years-long prison term if the penalties are run consecutively.
He will ask for a county jail sentence for Mr. DeIuliis, who has no prior record.