A 34-year-old Newark woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly groping four teenage boys at a public pool last week.
Joy A. Verucci, a resident of Madison Drive in the College Park neighborhood off Elkton Road, reportedly called Newark police on Sunday to complain that she was being harassed by her neighbors.
She later told officers people in the neighborhood had accused her of inappropriately touching some teenage boys at the Dickey Park Pool near her home.
While investigating her complaint, officers located four male teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who allegedly were sexually assaulted by Verucci.
According to Newark Police Department spokesman Major Corporal Gerald Bryda, Verucci and the teens were involved in general horseplay at the pool and took turns dunking each other.
It was during this horseplay that Verucci allegedly groped one of the genitals of one teen through his swimsuit, grabbed the buttocks of another and inappropriately touched the swim shorts of the other two boys.
On Wednesday, Verucci was charged with second- and third-degree unlawful sexual contact, as well as two counts of offensive touching, police said.
Later that day, she gained her pre-trial freedom by paying a $3,500 unsecured bond. She also was issued a no-contact order that includes the four teen victims, as well as the pool.
Anyone with information about the alleged assaults is asked to contact Officer James Spadola by calling 302-366-7110, ext. 426 or e-mailing James.Spadola@cj.state.de.us.
Verucci's arrest is the second sex-related arrest related to a Newark public swimming pool this week.
On Monday, police arrested 42-year-old Dean A. Rissler of Wharton Drive after he refused a 17-year-old female lifeguard's orders to keep his swim trunks on while at a pool for residents of Pine Brook Apartments off Paper Mill Road.
After receiving one warning, Rissler allegedly shed his bathing suit a second time and exposed his genitals to the lifeguard and a 25-year-old female pool patron.
He was charged with two counts of second-degree indecent exposure, before gaining his pre-trial freedom by paying a $1,000 secured bond.