Bentleyville man charged with witness intimidation

May 14, 2014

A Bentleyville man awaiting trial on charges including rape of a child was arrested Wednesday by state police for allegedly intimidating the boy involved in the case on two occasions last month.

Anthony Capodieci, 71, of 8 Liberty St., is accused of approaching the boy on two occasions at or near his Somerset Township home in April.

Capodieci was ordered to stand trial on charges of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

He is accused of forcing the boy, who was 12 at the time, to engage in sex acts over a two-year period beginning in June 2010. Capodieci, during an interview with state police, reportedly admitted to having sex with the boy.

State police said the first time Capodieci reportedly approached the boy he was outside cutting grass at his residence. Capodieci slowed his van almost to a stop as he approached the residence and said hello.

Later in the month, the boy was exiting the school bus when he saw a vehicle parked at the end of his driveway. Capodieci was behind the wheel and again said “Hi.” The boy continued home and told his mother what had happened. She told police that she saw the vehicle driven by Capodieci pull out and drive up the road.

Capodieci was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on six counts of intimidation of witnesses. He had been free on $50,000 unsecured bond in the rape case with orders to not have contact with the boy or witnesses, but was remanded to Washington County jail without bond because he violated the terms of his previous bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 27 before District Judge Curtis Thompson.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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