Louis Spadaccini, the criminal court officer by day and part-time Catholic high school baseball coach arrested last month for allegedly molesting and drugging two of his players, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday morning.
Spadaccini, 37, apparently was so overwhelmed by the slew of charges against him that he had to sit down during part of the hearing, which is not customary in Family Court where participants usually stand before the judge.
"If, in fact, you were accused of heinous crimes like this, you were standing there and someone was trying to demonstrate why you shouldn't be released on bail and then you hear all this horrible things about you ... I think I would have to sit down too," defense attorney Tariq Karim El-Shabazz said after the hearing.
Chester County Judge Ronald Nagle sided with the prosecutors and kept Spadaccini's bail at $2 million over El-Shabazz's objections.
Nagle handled the hearing due to the defendant's employment with the Philadelphia state court system.
Spadaccini was known as "Coach Lou" at Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School where he was the coach of two Catholic League championship baseball teams.
He is charged with giving one male player beer and a prescription pill and he is charged with performing sex acts with another male player.
"These victims were extremely courageous in coming forward, and based on their courage we were able to have the defendant arrested to prevent him from hurting any more children," Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb said after the hearing.