October 8 – WILKES-BARRE – A trial date has been set for a former Exeter police officer who faces allegations he solicited a minor for sexual purposes.
Leonard Galli, 54, appeared before Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. on Thursday, according to court records, where he pleaded not guilty to one count each of criminal solicitation of statutory sexual assault and attempted criminal illegal contact with a minor.
During Thursday’s hearing, Sklarosky scheduled Galli’s trial for January 10, 2022. He will remain free after paying 10% of his $ 200,000 bond.
Galli was indicted in January after private citizen Musa Harris, who built up a following on Facebook as the Luzerne County Predator Catcher, posted a video of a meeting with Galli.
Court records indicate that Galli was communicating with a “witness” – who is not officially identified but Harris says he was himself – for the purpose of having sexual contact. Galli reportedly called himself “Paul” in the messages, but sent photos of himself to the anonymous witness.
The witness told “Paul” that he was a 15-year-old boy, and Galli requested that they meet, with court records indicating that this meeting was “for the purpose of further establishing Paul’s intention of ‘having sexual contact with the would be 15- Age. “
A meeting was held at Turkey Hill on South Main Street in Plains Township, and a video of the meeting was posted on Harris’ Facebook page.
Chat logs published by Harris show “Paul” asking for nude photos of the 15-year-old.
Galli is represented by Demetrius Fannick. The prosecutor in charge of the case is Deputy Prosecutor Nancy Violi.