Alleged victim says after-school program worker sexually assaulted him 100 times, 2nd boy says 50

Alleged victim says after-school program worker sexually assaulted him 100 times, 2nd boy says 50

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, December 21st 2023)

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MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (TND) — A man who worked at an after-school program nearly 20 years ago is charged with sexually assaulting four boys, and authorities put out an old picture of him to help any other alleged victims come forward.

Gerald William Spoto is facing 17 criminal charges from his time at the Neshaminy Kids Club, outside Philadelphia.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said Spoto met the boys through his job and sexually assaulted them between 2000 and 2004, when they were between the ages of 7 and 13.

The D.A.’s office said Middletown Township detectives found some parents had hired Spoto to babysit their children and the charges were filed after they “re-analyzed two inactive reports of sexual assault of juveniles filed in 2013 and 2017.

“The reports had different victims, but the target of both victims was Gerald Spoto, who lived in Middletown Township at the time of the assaults.

“The reopening of those reports began last week and led to the discovery of additional victims.

“One victim reported approximately 50 sexual encounters with Spoto between 2000 to 2003, when the victim was 9 to 11 years old.

“Another victim described being sexually assaulted by Spoto approximately 100 times.

“In almost all the assaults, Spoto overpowered him or intimidated him into doing what he wanted.

Alleged victim says after-school program worker sexually assaulted him 100 times, 2nd boy says 50
Gerald William Spoto worked for the Neshaminy Kids Club when he met the boys he’s accused of sexually assaulting, Dec. 19, 2023. (Bucks Co. District Attorney’s Office)

“That victim also reported that Spoto provided him alcohol.

“Several of the victims reported Spoto showed them pornography, including one victim who said he showed him a video of Spoto engaged in sexual activity with an underage male.”

Spoto, now 41, is charged with eight counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13, four counts of corruption of minors, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 13, two counts of aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16, and one count of indecent assault of a person less than 16.

His bail was set at $1 million.

Investigators believe there may be more victims, so they released an older photo that “may more closely resemble Spoto at the time of the assaults.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Middletown Township Det. John Beck at 215-750-3872, ext. 2215.

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