A Pennsylvania retired Democrat politician has been convicted of a sex crime after admitting that he groped the breasts of his disabled, 103-year-old mother-in-law.
The New York Post reports:
A former Pennsylvania politician has been convicted of indecent assault after admitting that he fondled the breasts of his 103-year-old mother-in-law suffering from dementia — the “biggest mistake” of his life, he said.
William Spingler, former commissioner of Radnor Township, said during a hearing Thursday that the “stupid, harmless act” has destroyed his life, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.
“I mean, my reputation is destroyed, my business is destroyed,” said Spingler, 75. “It was just something that I shouldn’t have done.”
Spingler, a Democrat who stepped down from the Radnor Board of Commissioners in 2015, admitted fondling his mother-in-law at a nursing home on two occasions in December, but denied making any sexual contact on a third occasion.
Spingler told Philly.com in January from his real estate office in Paoli that he had cared for the woman since his first wife — the woman’s daughter — died in 2007. She lived with him for eight years until she was placed in a nursing home in Radnor when her dementia worsened.
. . . . “I got nothing, no recognition out of her and I made the biggest mistake of my life,” he said. “I thought for shock value, you know, I could get her to say something, let her know I was there. I touched her breast. It was the dumbest thing I ever did, but I did it to get her attention and let her know that I was there.”
Spingler admitted fondling the woman again on Dec. 17, but claimed no sexual contact took place during a third visit on Dec. 23. Both incidents Spingler admitted to occurred in the dining hall beneath a blanket draped over the woman’s chest as reported to police by employees at the nursing home, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.
What is wrong with this guy?