Radnor Township pol seeks plea deal ahead of molestation trial

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Former Radnor Township Commissioner William Spingler is seeking a plea deal ahead of a scheduled trial on charges that he molested his 103-year-old mother-in-law at a Main Line nursing home last year, his lawyer said Thursday after the trial was postponed.


“We’re not in agreement yet,” attorney James Pierce said of his efforts to reach a plea agreement with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. Spingler, a longtime fixture of Delaware County politics, had been set to go on trial Thursday on charges of indecent assault of a person with a mental disability.

Pierce made the disclosure about the plea negotiations after appearing with Spingler before Delaware County Court Judge John Capuzzi Sr. in the courthouse in Media.


At Pierce’s request, Assistant District Attorney Ryan Grace requested and was granted a one-month delay. Grace told the judge the postponement would allow Spingler to seek additional information, but the prosecutor made no mention of plea discussions.





A call about to a spokeswoman for District Attorney Jack Whelan Thursday was not immediately returned.

Authorities arrested Spingler before Christmas on indecent-assault charges after witnesses reportedly told police they had seen him grope a resident of Wayne Nursing Home on visits to see her. The woman had dementia.

In an interview earlier this year, Spingler rebutted the allegations, identifying the woman as his mother-in-law and saying he had been caring for her for a decade since his first wife’s death. Spingler said he often greeted her boisterously in view of others, but with no sexual intent.

Spingler is a real estate agent who served for 32 years on the board of commissioners of the affluent township, and eight years as a Democratic county commissioner in the GOP stronghold suburb of Philadelphia.




Prior to his retirement last year, the Villanova University graduate had provided crucial support that helped push through his alma mater’s controversial development and expansion plans.

Capuzzi set a new trial date of May 25th.





















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