Angela D’Alessandro case: Family says Plymouth Meeting pharmacist preyed on teenage girl

PLYMOUTH CONFERENCE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A local pharmacist has pleaded guilty to unlawful contact with a minor after being accused of using an underage customer’s personal information to allegedly exploit her for sexual gratification.

The victim and her family spoke to Action News. They didn’t want to be on camera, but they wanted to shed light on the case because they feared there would be more victims.

According to the criminal complaint, Angela D’Alessandro befriended the then 14-year-old victim and her mother at the Giant Pharmacy in Plymouth Meeting.

The family said at the time D’Alessandro offered to help with the teen’s anxiety and depression.

Then, in early 2018, D’Alessandro allegedly sent the victim a Hallmark card with her phone number.

The two began texting and over the coming weeks she is said to have kissed and fondled the teen, showered her with gifts including a Pandora bracelet and expressed her desire to have sex with the teenage girl.

Drexel professor and nationally recognized health regulation expert, Dr. Robert Field described the case as unusual.

“It’s a pretty terrible ethical violation,” he said.

Field said pharmacists had limited contact with patients, but it was clear D’Alessandro was aware of the victim’s medication and 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 totally inappropriate for her role,” he said.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim expressed her discomfort at the inappropriate relationship before it could escalate into sex.

D’Alessandro reportedly ordered the young teenager to erase her texts.

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 count of unlawful contact with a minor.

Action News tried to ask D’Alessandro about the allegations, but she ran away from our camera.

The victim’s family said they had problems with Giant. They said they saw her working in the store long after the charges were filed. It is unclear when Giant learned of them or the company’s policy regarding criminal matters. The company said it could not comment on active criminal matters.

D’Alessandro is no longer employed by Giant.

“It seems to me the pharmacist could have been put on leave until the matter was better known,” said Dr. fields.

Statements about the impact of victims are read at the sentencing. 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 devastating for her parents.

Her father writes: “This guilt of not protecting my daughter haunted me on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, the victim still has thoughts of harming themselves, and their depression and anxiety have only increased.

She continues therapy.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 5.

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