New charges added against Brookline principal accused of exposing himself in McCandless gym
A suspended Pittsburgh principal has additional charges because another person told police the principal exposed himself in a McCandless gym.
McCandless police on Wednesday charged Alfonzo DeIuliis, 37, of Hampton with open lewdness and indecent exposure when he appeared before District Judge William Wagner for a preliminary hearing on previous charges of unlawful contact with a minor, indecent exposure and related counts. Attorneys Phil DiLucente and Jim Ecker asked that the hearing be postponed until Oct. 9.
“We believe this man (De-Iuliis) ... did not do anything wrong,” DiLucente said. “We will fight the charges.”
Pittsburgh Public Schools placed DeIuliis, the principal at Brookline PreK-8, on paid leave as a result of his arrest Aug. 27. DeIuliis, who makes $101,499 annually, posted bond and was released on Aug. 28.
In the latest incident, a Slippery Rock University student called McCandless police after his sister sent him information about DeIuliis' arrest, according to a criminal complaint.
He told police he went to the LA Fitness gym on Duncan Avenue almost daily while he stayed with his parents in Ohio Township this summer. In July, he said a man he later learned was DeIuliis but told him his name was Gino looked at him oddly in the sauna and tried to make small talk, police said. Gino is the name of DeIuliis' father.
The man told police that about two weeks later DeIuliis touched himself in front of him in the sauna and in the shower.
The man said he told his parents and sister, but not LA Fitness staff. He said he felt he had to come forward after hearing of DeIuliis' arrest for similar incidents, including one with a minor.
A 17-year-old boy told police Aug. 26 that he was in the sauna of the LA Fitness gym on Aug. 12 when a man, later identified as DeIuliis, came into the sauna, touched him on the leg and asked if he could perform oral sex, according to a criminal complaint. Another man reported a similar incident to police in February involving a man whose license plate number came back as DeIuliis' 2009 black Hummer.
DeIuliis began his career with Pittsburgh schools as a teacher in 2001, district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said. He went through a principal training program and was promoted in July. He passed the child abuse and criminal history background checks when he was hired, Pugh said, and passed update checks in April.
DeIuliis has worked at Roosevelt, Allegheny and King schools, Pugh said.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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