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Cop pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen in Bucks

A former 2nd Dis­trict po­lice of­ficer on Monday pleaded guilty to sexu­ally as­sault­ing a 14-year-old girl in Tre­vose last year.

An­thony Dat­tilo, 37, pleaded guilty to ag­grav­ated in­de­cent as­sault, un­law­ful con­tact with a minor, pro­mot­ing pros­ti­tu­tion of a minor, cor­rup­tion of a minor and in­de­cent as­sault in Bucks County Court in Doylestown, ac­cord­ing to First As­sist­ant Bucks County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Michelle Henry. 

Henry said the Ta­cony res­id­ent faces more than four years in pris­on. Dat­tilo, who was a sev­en-year po­lice vet­er­an when he was ar­res­ted, was fired last year, ac­cord­ing to a Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment spokes­wo­man.

Sen­ten­cing was de­ferred while a man­dat­ory sexu­al of­fend­er as­sess­ment is com­pleted, Henry said in a Tues­day phone in­ter­view.

Ac­cord­ing to a May 9, 2012, North­east Times re­port, Ben­s­alem po­lice found Dat­tilo in a room in the Lin­coln Motel in Tre­vose with the vic­tim and her 21-year-old cous­in early on May 2, 2012. Po­lice al­leged Dat­tilo had paid the vic­tim’s cous­in for sex and was in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing the teen when of­ficers ar­rived.

Ben­s­alem po­lice had gone to the motel to search for the girl after her fam­ily feared she had been ab­duc­ted. The girl had sent text mes­sages to re­l­at­ives, telling them where she was and that she was be­ing held against her will, po­lice said. ••

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