Police: Man with Down syndrome indecently assaulted

Liz Evans Scolforo

A caregiver is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a client he was hired to watch, according to police.

Albert Fraschetti, 59, of 976 Wayne Ave. in York City, is being charged with indecent assault of a person with a mental disability, according to court records.

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State police filed charges Monday, but online court records indicate Fraschetti has not yet been arraigned on the charge.

A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 28, records state.

Fraschetti declined immediate comment, saying he'd just received court paperwork in the mail on Wednesday and has not had a chance to talk with an attorney.

Charging documents state Fraschetti served as a caregiver for an 18-year-old Lower Chanceford Township man with Down syndrome and that the alleged victim's parents called state police July 18 after surveillance cameras they'd installed in the home recorded Fraschetti having physical contact of a sexual nature with their son on July 15.

"The ... family related they had cameras installed in their home due to problems with caregivers in the past and wanted to monitor the victim while at work via their phone," documents state.

Caught on video: The family said the video showed Fraschetti and the young man kissing each other and rubbing each other's bare chest and nipples, police said.

"(The mother) related she checked the surveillance footage because she had an inkling that something was possibly going on with the defendant and the victim," documents state.

The 18-year-old has the mental capacity of a third-grader, according to his family, who said Fraschetti served as the young man's caregiver for two to three months.

The young man was interviewed by authorities on July 25 and said he had seen Fraschetti's penis and buttocks and also saw Fraschetti apply cream to his own genitals, documents allege.

When Trooper Jonathan Confer interviewed Fraschetti on Sept. 8, Fraschetti repeatedly said the 18-year-old was the aggressor, according to police.

Piercings discussed: Fraschetti said the young man would play with Fraschetti's piercings, which were on his nipples, navel and penis, documents allege. He also said the alleged victim saw his penis perhaps once or twice, police said.

Fraschetti told police the young man would try to kiss him and would rub his chest, despite Fraschetti telling him to stop, according to documents.

"The defendant related he would tell the victim to not rub his nipples, but the victim would overpower the defendant," documents state. "He related it was futile to tell the victim to stop rubbing his nipples."

Fraschetti also said he had his pants pulled down by the young man, according to documents.

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