William Fox Timeline

1978: William Fox is alleged to have sexually abused Frank Spinelli, an 11-year-old boy Boy Scout at the time.

1981: Fox, then a 36-year-old New York Police Department officer, convinces Michael Buchanan, a 17-year-old boy, not to jump from a Manhattan building. He then becomes the boy’s legal guardian.

1982: Fox co-authors a book called “The Cop and the Kid” about the Buchanan experience.

1990: Fox moves to Palm Bay. He has four adopted boys living with him, according to a neighbor.

Mid-1990s: Fox leaves Florida to go live in Pennsylvania.

2008: Three decades after the alleged abuse, Spinelli talks to NYPD, leading to an investigation by Pennsylvania State Police.

March 21, 2011: Fox is arrested in Liberty, Pa., and charged with sex crimes against his adopted children. Bail is set at $100,000.

April 25, 2011: Fox is arraigned and enters a plea of not guilty. His request to have his bail lowered is denied by the judge.



  1. Posted May 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for updates. I can’t imagine him not being convicted and incarcerated. I am so glad that you saw that book and followed through with the right thing.

  2. Siddharth
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    You did the right thing, you saved those children from the horrible man.

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