3 of 8 charges against Pittsburgh Public Schools principal dismissed
A judge on Wednesday dismissed three charges against a Pittsburgh Public Schools principal, but ordered him to stand trial on charges he exposed himself to a teenage boy in the sauna of a McCandless gym.
District Judge William Wagner dismissed indecent assault, open lewdness and indecent exposure charges that police filed against Alfonzo DeIuliis, 37, of Hampton. He will stand trial on charges of harassment, open lewdness, indecent exposure, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor.
“We were very pleased with the judge's ruling today,” said attorney Phil DiLucente, who is representing DeIuliis along with attorney James Ecker. “We're very anxious … to get into court and fight these charges.”
DiLucente said it was important that the judge dropped the indecent assault charge because a conviction would have forced DeIuliis to register as a sex offender.
During Wednesday's preliminary hearing, the teen, 17, testified he was in the sauna at LA Fitness on Aug. 12 when a man whom he identified in court as DeIuliis came in and unfolded his towel. The teen said he was listening to music when he looked up and saw the man touching himself. The teen said the man tapped him on the knee to get his attention, and asked if he could perform a sex act on the teen.
Wagner dismissed the indecent assault charge filed in connection with that incident, but held the other charges, including the open lewdness and indecent exposure charges filed based on the complaint of another man, a college student.
The student testified that, in July, DeIuliis was showering with the curtain open in the gym, and he glanced over and saw DeIuliis masturbating. He said he told his parents, but did not notify LA Fitness staff. He contacted police after his sister sent him a picture of DeIuliis and told him he previously was arrested for an incident at the gym.
Another man testified Wednesday that DeIuliis looked directly at him while the two men showered in separate stalls at LA Fitness on Feb. 24. He said when they were both in the sauna, he noticed DeIuliis make some movement, but he didn't look at him and couldn't say what he did. He said DeIuliis twice asked him if he wanted to masturbate with him. When questioned by DiLucente, the man said he did not see DeIuliis' genitals and did not see him touch himself.
Wagner dismissed the open lewdness and indecent exposure counts in that incident, but held a harassment charge for trial.
Pittsburgh Public Schools placed DeIuliis, the principal at Brookline PreK-8, on unpaid leave as a result of his arrest Aug. 27. DeIuliis, who makes $101,499 a year, posted bond and was released Aug. 28. Formal arraignment on the charges is scheduled for Dec. 5.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.