Fired EMS director gets probabtion, fine
December 12, 2012
The one-time executive director of Cranberry Township’s emergency medical services was sentenced Monday to probation for sexually assaulting a sleeping man in 2011. Steve F. Tedesco Jr., 31, of 407 Anna Marie Drive, Cranberry, made no comments in the courtroom Monday while being sentenced by Butler County Judge Timothy McCune. Tedesco, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of an unconscious person, faces four years of probation, 100 hours of community service and he must pay a $200 fine. According to court records, Tedesco assaulted a then-19-year-old man after the victim became “heavily intoxicated” and fell asleep at a house party in Evans City on March 5, 2011. While investigating the case, police reportedly monitored a call between Tedesco and the victim, during which Tedesco reportedly apologized several times. In exchange for Tedesco’s plea on Sept. 7, prosecutors agreed to drop additional charges against him that had included rape and furnishing liquor to minors. The victim, who is not being identified due to the nature of the crimes, did not appear before the judge at Monday’s hearing. Both Tedesco, who did not speak in court, and his lawyer, Mike Zunder, declined to comment after court. During court, Zunder told the judge that Tedesco already had been evaluated by a member of the state’s Sexual Offender Assessment Board. That person determined that Tedesco does not meet the criteria to be deemed a sexually violent predator. Tedesco was hired as director of the EMS in the fall of 2009. He was suspended from his post after his arrest on March 9, 2011, and later fired.