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By Rick Wills and Tom Mcgee
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Sharpsburg Recreation Committee will continue operating as usual after its president was accused last week of having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

Susan Sundo, 45, of Sharpsburg was charged on Jan. 8 by Allegheny County police with corruption of minors, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and unlawful contact with a minor. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

Council President Renee Procopio said the board still has two active members who will continue planning events. Sundo was removed last Tuesday after officials were told of the charges against her.

“The board of two are doing what they usually do,” Procopio said.

An advertisement will go out soon for a replacement for Sundo, Procopio said. The committee is made up of volunteers who coordinate events that take place at the Sharpsburg recreation center. The group reports to Sharpsburg Council.

A criminal complaint states the boy repeatedly spent the night in the Sundo household and entered her bedroom several times wearing only underwear.

He slept in Sundo‘s bedroom as recently as Dec. 16, county police said.

Sundo‘s husband, whom authorities did not identify, told police that the boy got text messages and phone calls from Sundo starting about six months ago.

While at the Sundo home, the boy said, she often sent him text messages encouraging him to meet her for sex in the attic or basement, the complaint states.

When Sundo's husband drove to the boy‘s home to confront him and his parents, the teen told him that they had sex for several months — in her home and in a sport utility vehicle parked in an Aspinwall lot, the complaint states.

Sundo‘s husband complained to police about his wife‘s relationship with the teenager, Sharpsburg Mayor Richard Panza said.

“She was relieved of her duties as of (the Jan. 8 council meeting). Everybody was pretty surprised by this. We are in shock,” Panza said.

Sundo volunteered in the canteen at the Aspinwall Area Baseball Association, where two of her children play.

“She will not be back in the canteen,” said Bill Hudic, president of the Aspinwall Area Baseball Association.

Hudic said he did not believe the boy involved with Sundo was a player in the Aspinwall league.

Allegheny County court records list David Joel Shrager as her attorney. He could not be reached for comment.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or rwills@tribweb.com. Tom McGee is an associate editor with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 1513 or at tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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