Germano’s trial to answer charges of committing a lewd, lascivious or indecent act, a felony, and the misdemeanor of solicitation of a prostitute was initially slated for April.
The now 85-year-old was arrested near his Vero Beach Florida home in November 2012 for allegedly offering a 12-year-old boy $50 for sex. The youngster, who was waiting at a bus stop not far from his home, called his mother from a cell phone. When the mom came to the scene, Germano was still there and he allegedly made her the same offer.
Charges of procuring a person under the age of 18 years old for sex, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor stalking were dropped by the prosecutor. Germano was later re-arrested on the lewd and lascivious behavior charge. The political boss for three decades remains free on $65,000 bail.
Since this is the fourth time the trial was rescheduled, it’s likely the two sides have tried to come to some sort of plea deal. Germano is 85 years old, after all, and there isn’t even a hint of sexually abusing minors in his history. He’s made some enemies, too, so even a whisper of such a thing would have quickly turned into a shout.
But, to say Germano’s unique charm is an acquired taste is an understatement so my guess is Florida authorities are having a tough time warming up to the man who could have starred in the Sopranos.
Here’s a link to some history behind one of the most colorful politicians to every come out of the Capital Region.