William Fox, ex-NYPD officer once honored as 'Father of the Year,' admits sex abuse of three boys
William Fox became a national hero in 1981, when he persuade a suicidal 17-year-old boy (seen next to Fox) to come off the sixth-story ledge of a Bowery flophouse.
A one-time NYPD hero and "Father of the Year" could die behind bars for sexually abusing his two adopted sons and a third boy over 13 horrifying years.
The former Staten Islander pleaded "no contest" to charges including incest, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and corruption of minors, prosecutors said yesterday.
Fox faces up to 69 years in prison at his sentencing.
"He'll die in jail, even if the sentence is half that," said Frank Spinelli, who told authorities that Fox molested him between 1978-80. "This is a sexual predator and a sociopath."
The convicted sex offender was held on $100,000 bail pending his sentencing, said Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray.
Defense attorney Stephen Banik said Fox was forced to take the deal because a faulty memory left the ex-cop unable to testify on his own behalf.
"Everybody wants to see the mighty fall," Banik said yesterday. "It's a shame, because this man did a lot of good."
Fox made national headlines in 1981 by persuading a suicidal 17-year-old boy to come off the sixth-story ledge of a Bowery flophouse.
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Once safe, the teen was adopted by Fox. The officer later wrote a heartwarming book about their relationship, "The Cop and the Kid."