Former Phila. police officer guilty of sex assault

Posted: June 19, 2013

A former Philadelphia police officer pleaded guilty Monday in Bucks County Court to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Bensalem last year and could face up to 36 months in prison.

Anthony Dattilo, 37, fondled the girl in a Bensalem motel room in May 2012 after having sex with her 21-year-old cousin in front of her, police records say.

He offered to pay each female $100 for sex, according to court records.

Attempts to reach Dattilo, who is free on bail until his sentencing hearing, were unsuccessful Tuesday. A message left with his attorney, Jack McMahon, was not immediately returned.

According to police, the woman initiated a get-together with Dattilo on May 1, 2012, because he had paid her for sex in the past. She told Dattilo that she was with her cousin, and he offered each $100 for sex.

The girl did not want to participate, but Dattilo drove to Philadelphia, and the older woman told her cousin to get in the car. The older woman was encouraging her cousin to have sex with Dattilo and take the money, according to police.

Dattilo drove the women to the Lincoln Motel in Bensalem, where he rented a room.

On the way to the motel, the girl sent her family a text message saying she was being held against her will.

Police sent to the motel found Dattilo with the two females. Dattilo identified himself as a police officer.

He was freed on $50,000 bail last May and will remain free until his sentencing hearing, according to Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry.

The sentencing hearing was deferred so that the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board can complete its assessment, Henry said. A sentencing date has not been set, she said, but the assessment generally takes around 90 days.

Dattilo was dismissed from the Philadelphia police force last May following the incident, a spokesperson said Tuesday. He was appointed in 2009.


Contact Chris Palmer, 609-217-8305, cpalmer@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter, @cs_palmer

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