Galli case: DA reinstates charges; judge OKs Florida vacation

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce has reinstated all charges against Leonard Galli after the former Exeter police officer withdrew from a plea deal.

The plea agreement reached at Galli’s preliminary hearing on Aug. 20 called on him to plead guilty to criminal solicitations to commit legal sexual assault and criminal attempts to commit unlawful contact with a minor.

Since Galli, 54, chose to plead not guilty, he now faces a jury trial before Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. on seven points.

Judge ORs Vacation

Galli received permission from Sklarosky to vacation with the family in Florida for the next few weeks. He was instructed to file his vacation schedule with the district attorney’s office and make daily calls to the company that paid his $200,000 bail.

Sanguedolce and assistant district attorney Shana Messinger objected to Galli being allowed to go on vacation after all charges were reinstated.

“We can’t monitor him while he’s in Florida. It will be too risky,” Sanguedolce said.

In court files, Sanguedolce and assistant district attorney Kimberly Moraski stated with the additional charges Galli now faces that Galli is considered a “flight risk” and a “danger to herself and the community.”

“We note that multiple sources interviewed by the district attorney’s detectives have provided indications that (Galli) might hurt himself,” Sanguedolce and Moraski wrote in court records.

Sanguedolce noted that if Galli flees, the costs of locating, collecting and transporting Galli back to Lucerne will be borne by the Public Prosecution Service.

Galli’s attorney, Demetrius Fannick, said Galli traveled to Massachusetts, Florida, Lehigh County and Philadelphia before and after being indicted by county detectives in January 2021.

“The defendant has been around long enough, he knows what the consequences will be,” Sklarosky said while allowing Galli to go on a family vacation.

No statement about ‘vigilante’ motion

Galli was charged on what Fannick called a “vigilante operation” by Musa Harris, the self-proclaimed “Luzerne County Predator Catcher.” Harris has reportedly confronted and exposed more than 150 people in the past two years for allegedly wanting to meet minors for sex.

Harris, who seeks donations and earns an income by posting confrontational videos on YouTube — including sales of clothing and merchandise — is identified as a “witness” in Galli’s arrest files.

Sklarosky has declined to comment on Fannick’s request for investigative data to determine whether Harris was coached by detectives in his “vigilante operation.”

In addition to the two charges listed in the plea deal, Galli is also facing a second count of criminal attempted sexual assault, corruption of minors, criminal attempted sexual assault, criminal request for corruption of minors and criminal use of communications facility.

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