Convicted Delco child molester sentenced to jail

Posted: March 30, 2011

The former Delaware County senior district judge emptied his pockets, put his hands behind his back as instructed, and looked down as sheriff's deputies put on the handcuffs Tuesday.

Gerald Liberace had just learned he would be spending the next six months in jail for molesting the 12-year-old daughter of a friend six years ago. He had been found guilty in January of endangering the welfare of a child and of corruption of a minor.

Liberace, 69, of Haverford, stared at his victim as his attorney, Mark Much, appealed to the judge to have him set free on bail pending an appeal.

"No decision today," said Visiting Judge John L. Braxton. "He will be taken into custody."

The victim, now 18, is the daughter of a woman with whom Liberace was romantically involved. She testified that she was alone with Liberace when he touched her inappropriately. She did not report the incident until August 2009. Liberace was arrested in July.

The younger woman told the court that before she was molested, she was an honor student. Afterward, her grades began to decline, and she lost trust in others, she said.

"There is no way I can escape what Liberace has done to me," she said.

Liberace, secretary-treasurer of the Delco Postal Credit Union, gave the victim's mother a loan for a condominium, a new car every year for three years, and a job at the credit union during the investigation, said E. Marc Costanzo, senior deputy attorney general.

Much had asked that Liberace given probation.

Braxton said it was important that the victim see that the justice system works and that the court paid attention.

"The acts that took place," the judge said, "left an indelible mark in the life of the victim."


Contact staff writer Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149 or mschaefer@phillynews.com.

 

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