Counselor Charged With Molesting Boys At Camp, Firehouse It Was His Second Arrest. He Also Used A Bearded Anatomical Doll In A Simulated-sex Ritual.

Posted: June 19, 1993

A Havertown man already facing sexual assault charges involving a 13-year- old boy was rearrested yesterday in connection with additional sex crimes that allegedly occurred at a boys' camp and at a fire company in eastern Montgomery County.

The man, Robert Cicchinelli, 33, worked as a counselor at a Blue Bell day camp. Police said he exposed himself to and fondled two campers, one 13 and the other 12.

Investigators said he also used a bearded anatomical doll he called ''Caveman" in a simulated-sex ritual with other boys he took on unauthorized overnight campouts.

Cicchinelli, of the 200 block of Mill Road, Havertown, was arraigned before District Justice John S. Murray 3d of Blue Bell at 4 p.m. yesterday and released on $20,000 bail to await a hearing on the new charges, which involved both boys.

Charges include corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, indecent exposure, open lewdness, indecent assault and criminal attempt to commit indecent assault.

A former Boy Scout leader with a master's in psychology, Cicchinelli was first arrested in Haverford Township June 11 and released on $15,000 bail. He was charged with exposing himself to and fondling the 13-year-old, who attended the summer camp, during the boy's visits to Cicchinelli's Havertown home.

Montgomery County investigators said Cicchinelli had worked at the camp for about 10 years. They declined to identify the camp. John Harris, owner of the Blue Bell Senior Camp, confirmed yesterday that his camp was the one that employed Cicchinelli. Harris pointed out, however, that none of the charges filed related to incidents that allegedly occurred during camp.

Police said Cicchinelli was fired by the camp owner on June 1, the day after the owner found him in the infirmary with a 12-year-old boy. The camp was not in session at the time. Camp rules prohibit counselors from being alone with their charges, police quoted the owner as stating.

Charges involving the 12-year-old were included after investigators said the boy told them Cicchinelli fondled him about 10 times. All the incidents involving the 12-year-old allegedly occurred on camp grounds.

The "Caveman" doll and pornographic magazines were seized in a police raid on Cicchinelli's home before the Haverford Township arrest.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Montgomery County investigators, the first encounter with the 13-year-old occurred in December 1992 in the infirmary of the day camp.

The boy told police such encounters continued for a period of time at various locations, including the Lincoln Fire Company in Whitemarsh, where Cicchinelli served as an emergency medical technician.

The affidavit listed the most recent incidents at the fire company as occurring on unspecified dates in March, April and May and on June 2.

Fire Chief James DeNardo said Cicchinelli would be placed "on leave."

"He's been a member here for at least eight years and his record is clean as far as we know," DeNardo stated, adding that all volunteers receive background checks.

A spokesman for the Valley Forge Council of the Boy Scouts of America said this week that Cicchinelli had served as a volunteer leader from about 1984 to 1988 for Boy Scout Troop 159, which is still sponsored by the American Legion Nunan-Slock Post in Havertown.

The spokesman said Cicchinelli was discharged as troopmaster in 1988 for ''policy violations" unrelated to the charges he now faces.

Police said Cicchinelli worked during the winter as a substitute teacher in several area school districts, including Haverford, Marple, Lower Merion and Southeast Delco.

Recently, he had done part-time construction work, police said.

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