Former Main Line Commissioner charged with indecent assault of 103-year-old

A former long-time Radnor Township commissioner has been arrested and charged with indecent assault on a person with a mental disability.

William A. Spingler, 75, of Paoli, was arraigned on Dec. 23, released on $10,000 unsecured bail and ordered not to have any contact with the victim. He has a preliminary hearing on the charges on Jan. 5, according to court officials.

The victim is an 103-year-old woman in a nursing home.

When reached by phone, Spingler said he had no comment on the charges.

According to court documents, on Dec. 16, Radnor police were called to the Wayne Nursing Home for a report of an assault. Two employees reported that Spingler allegedly inappropriately touched the victim on the breast by placing his hand underneath a blanket. When he noticed the employees, Spingler stopped. 

The next day, Spingler visited the victim, who has dementia, and again put his hand under the blanket to "massage her chest area," when he noticed one of the employees, "his face turned red and he immediately left the facility," according to a court record.

On Dec. 23, a staff member contacted police after she observed Spingler touch the victim again. When she confronted him, Spingler replied "What?" He then left the building. An arrest warrant was then issued,  according to court documents.

Spingler, a real estate agent, served as a Ward 3 commissioner and was board president when he stepped down from the post in July 2015. Spingler also served as a county commissioner.

Spingler's arrest was first reported by Main Line Suburban Life.