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Ex-Cranberry EMS Director Pleads Guilty to Indecent Assault

Steve Frank Tedesco agrees to a plea bargain. Authorities dismiss a felony charge of raping an unconscious person.

More than a year after he was after providing three teens with alcohol, ex-Cranberry EMS director Steve Tedesco has pleaded guilty to indecent assault of an unconscious person. 

As part of Friday’s plea agreement, authorities dismissed charges of rape of an unconscious victim and sexual assault. Both are felonies. Misdemeanor charges of furnishing alcohol for minors also were dismissed.

Tedesco, 31, of Cranberry, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13 before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Timothy McCune. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he also must be assessed by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board and register on the state Megan’s Law website as a sexual offender.

In March 2011, police charged Tedesco  after the teen fell asleep at an Evans City house party. Tedesco also was charged with providing alcohol to the teen and two other minors.

During a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Kovach in Cranberry in May,  after Tedesco announced that his wife was pregnant with a baby girl.

The teen also testified Tedesco performed oral sex on him while he was sleeping. The youth told Evans City police that when he awoke, he pushed Tedesco away and went to the other side of the room.

According to the criminal complaint, Tedesco later sent the 19-year-old several text messages apologizing for what happened and asking if they could talk.

In a phone call monitored by police, Tedesco again apologized to the teen. He also referred to the alcohol and told the teen not to tell anyone about it.  

Tedesco was arrested March 9 after he went to the station to drop off an item. Officers there served him with a warrant for his arrest on behalf of Evans City police.

A trial before McCune was delayed numerous times.

Tedesco was a professional EMT and a volunteer with the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company prior to his arrest. He became executive director of the ambulance service after a nationwide search several years ago.

Jeff Kelly replaced Tedesco as director of Cranberry EMS in June 2011.

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Susan M. September 11, 2012 at 02:17 AM
This dude sounds like he is sick! and hopefully will get more than just probation. So I am assuming his wife is still by his side? Is that why you wrote that?
Cindy Cusic Micco September 11, 2012 at 02:45 AM
The previous comment was deleted because it was inappropriate.
woody September 11, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Agreed, this Steve Tedesco guy is sick. And obviously well-connected with the Butler County authorities who dismissed the felony rape and sexual assualt charges. Unbelievable - and I thought Allegheny County so-called legal/justice system was horrible in terms of its leniency... looks like Butler is even worse. Curious as to what this Judge McCune will sentence him with, maybe 2 months probation with in-home ankle bracelet surveillance and free delivery of meals to his home? I'm almost as shocked by the misdemeanor charges as I am by the crime.
nope September 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM
If only the public knew true story about him and the situation

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