Youth Counselor Not Guilty Of Indecent Assault On Teen

Posted: February 11, 1993

Francis D. Braucci Jr., a counselor at the Montgomery County Youth Center who was accused of making sexual advances toward a 16-year-old girl, was found not guilty Tuesday of all charges.

Braucci, 27, of Allentown, was accused of two counts of indecent assault.

The girl was being housed in the center for truancy. Braucci was accused of entering the sleeping girl's bedroom early Oct. 5, 1991, and rubbing baby oil on portions of her body.

She told police that when she awoke and asked him what he was doing, Braucci replied, "Nothing, nothing," and left the room.

The youth center unit where she was staying houses ungovernable, truant and runaway children.

The jury deliberated 15 minutes before deciding that there was not enough evidence to convict Braucci, according to Assistant District Attorney Debbie Lukens.

During the two-day trial, held before Judge Albert R. Subers, there was much conflicting testimony. Braucci, for instance, testified that he had never done more than poke his head into the girl's room and that he had no physical contact with her.

Braucci's attorney, Robert Reynolds, said there was no physical evidence to back up the victim's story: "Even if you stretch the imagination . . . what do you have? Zero. Nothing. Nada. Zilch."

Reynolds pointed to the lack of physical evidence. He said there were no baby oil stains on the victim's clothing or the sheets. The girl said she washed both items the next day, destroying any trace of the oil.

After the verdict, Braucci left the courtroom and the girl screamed at him, ''You know you're lying."

He is still a county employee and is working at the county print shop, according to Lukens.

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