Saturday, July 11, 2009
David Cuspilich Arrested for Sexual Assault
A Delanco man was arrested Thursday on charges of sexually assaulting a girl multiple times over a period of several years, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office announced.
David Cuspilich, 37, of Spruce Street, was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, three counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of children, according to Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Delanco police Lt. George N. Sacalis.
If convicted on all counts, Cuspilich could receive a life sentence.
Authorities allege the assaults occurred over a six-year period beginning when the victim was 9. Because of the nature of the charges and the need to protect the victim's identity, the prosecutor's office did not release any further information.
Cuspilich, a mortgage broker, made his first appearance in Superior Court on Friday before Judge Patricia R. LeBon. She lowered his bail from $150,000 to $100,000 after hearing from his defense attorney, John Sitzler.
Sitzler said Cuspilich has no prior record, is a lifelong resident of Burlington County, owns property here, and has strong family ties to the area. He said the defendant's family could make the $100,000 bail.
"He has a reputation for honesty and integrity in the community," Sitzler said. He also told Cuspilich, who appeared by closed-circuit television from Burlington County Jail, to not discuss the case with anyone but him.
Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Stonerod said the bail range for the charges was between $150,000 and $300,000. She argued for the bail to remain at $150,000 because of the seriousness of the charges and the proofs of the case.
LeBon lowered the bail after citing Cuspilich's lack of a record and ties to the county. She ordered him to have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with minors.
The prosecutor's office's Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit and the Delanco Police Department conducted the investigation, which authorities said is still ongoing.
Anyone with information about the incident or any others involving Cuspilich is asked to call the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office at 609-265-5771.