PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A local pharmacist has pleaded guilty to unlawful contact with a minor after she was accused of using an underage customer’s personal information to rob her for sexual gratification.
The victim and her family spoke to Action News. They didn’t want to be on camera, but they did want to shed light on the case because they were afraid there would be other victims.
According to the indictment, Angela D’Alessandro became friends with the then 14-year-old victim and her mother at the Giant Pharmacy in Plymouth Meeting.
The family said at the time that D’Alessandro offered to help with the minor’s anxiety and depression.
In early 2018, D’Alessandro reportedly sent a Hallmark card to the victim with her phone number.
The two started texting and over the next few weeks she is said to have kissed and fondled the minor, showered her with gifts such as a Pandora bracelet and expressed her desire to have sex with the teenage girl.
Drexel professor and nationally recognized expert on healthcare regulation, Dr. Robert Field, called the case unusual.
“It’s a pretty heinous ethical violation,” he said.
Field said pharmacists have limited contact with patients, but it’s clear D’Alessandro knew the drugs and the victim’s fragile condition.
“So this pharmacist went out of her way to behave in a way to get to know a patient in a way that was completely inappropriate for her role,” he said.
According to the indictment, the victim expressed her unease about the inappropriate relationship before it could escalate into sex.
D’Alessandro allegedly ordered the young teen to remove their lyrics.
The victim and her mother went to the police. In January 2021, D’Alessandro was charged with unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and other charges.
In May, she pleaded guilty to one wrongful contact with a minor.
Action News tried to ask D’Alessandro about the charges, but she ran away from our camera.
The victim’s family said they had problems with Giant. They said they continued to see her work at the store long after the charges were filed. It’s unclear when Giant found out about them or the company’s policies regarding criminal cases. The company said it could not comment on active criminal cases.
D’Alessandro is no longer employed by Giant.
“It seems to me that the pharmacist could have been placed on administrative leave until the facts of the case were better known,” said Dr. Field.
At the time of sentencing, victim statements are read. Action News received a copy.
In part, the victim states, “…her attack changed the course of my life and changed me as a person forever.”
This was also a disaster for her parents.
Her father writes: “This guilt for not protecting my daughter has haunted me daily. The abuse by Mrs. D’Alessandro has hijacked my daughter’s childhood.”
Unfortunately, the victim is still thinking about harming herself, and her depression and anxiety have only gotten worse.
She continues the therapy.
The verdict is scheduled for October 5.
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