PUNTA GORDA, FL. - Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives arrested a man Monday who gave alcohol and drugs to teenage boys ages 15, 17, 18 and 18, then sexually battered them in his home over a long period of time. Charged was Anthony Virgili, 57, 6925 Bernadean Blvd., Cleveland (East of Punta Gorda).
The investigation began when the step-father contacted CCSO to report his step-son came home intoxicated, crying, and wearing only a tee shirt. He said he was drinking beer all day at a neighbor’s home given to him by the man known as “Uncle Tony.” The boy said he had consumed 18 beers at Uncle Tony’s, and woke up in Tony’s bedroom with only his tee shirt on and Tony was performing a sex act on him. He said he pushed Tony off and ran to his home. The step-father went to Virgili’s home; they exchanged words, and then retrieved his step-son’s missing clothing. He returned home and called CCSO.
MCU detectives said their investigation led them to three other area teens who also reported they were befriended by Virgili. All of the teens said they had been to his home numerous times; they drank beer, and also were given Klonopin pills. One teen said he had been to the home 30-40 times over the last six to eight months; another said he’d been there 15-20 times, and the other boy said more than 10 times. All said Uncle Tony provided them alcohol, drugs, and had done sexual things to them while at Virgili’s home.
Detectives went to Virgili’s home Monday to talk to him; he denied the charges but was arrested for Sexual Battery then transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains without bond. MCU detectives continue their investigation and additional charges may be filed by the State Attorney’s Office pending further investigation.