Former TPD officer charged with sex crimes

TORRINGTON – Former Torrington Police Department officer Anthony John Scoleri has been charged with five sex crimes that could result in a maximum sentence of life in prison, if he is found guilty. 

Filings in the Eighth Judicial District show Scoleri, 35, is charged with five sex-related felonies, including three counts of sexual abuse of a minor, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 50 years in the prison, and sexual assault, which also carries a maximumpenalty of 50 years. 

Scoleri’s victim alleged he assaulted her in February in a garage, but the case was sealed until it was bound over to the Eighth Judicial District Court this month. According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Luke Rippy, the victim reported the assault a week after it allegedly occurred. 

“Anthony Scoleri forced the victim to perform oral sex on him and then held the victim down and performed oral sex on her,” the affidavit said. “He forced her to have sex with him.”

TPD officers and DCI agents executed a search warrant for items related to the case. 

“During the search, agents seized items believed to be related to this investigation, including the clothing the victim said she was wearing the night (of the assault),” the affidavit said. 

A DNA test found Scoleri’s DNA on a piece of the seized clothing identified as the victim’s, the affidavit said. 

Scoleri was interviewed the day the search warrant was executed. 

“Scoleri denied the claims on Feb. 23 and could not give a reason why (the victim) would be making these claims.”

A source within the city government said Scoleri is no longer employed by the TPD.

Scoleri is currently out of jail after posting a 10% of a $100,000 bond.


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