Criminals often suffer from the illusion that certain laws do not apply to them, that targeted restrictions can be worked around, and that they can reach their goals regardless of the means.
It is my opinion that Anthony DeSilva is a criminal sexual deviant that shows zero remorse for his past and has returned to the game in any way possible, regardless of who he has hurt along the way.
Polk County (FL) Sheriff Grady Judd is not a DeSilva fan.
After the arrest, USA Hockey quickly suspended DeSilva from the game.
As you know, USA Hockey suspended Anthony DeSilva immediately when he was arrested several years ago.
As for USA Hockey’s position relative to his involvement in the game, he is banned from having anything to do with USA Hockey programs, and we will continue to enforce that ban.
Dave Fischer, Senior Director, USA Hockey
While DeSilva’s plea agreement did not result in a conviction that requires a sexual offender registration (how did that happen?), USA Hockey and the United States Center for SafeSport are enforcing a Permanent Ineligibility action as the result of DeSilva’s “Criminal Disposition- involving a Minor.”
Once DeSilva cleared probation, It did not take long for him to mastermind the work around regarding USA Hockey’s action and has put himself back in the game, and he did not act alone.
Buffalo Regals (Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Jr B) General Manager Peter Preteroti started talking about a new company, Top Hockey Prospect, in the summer with Buffalo area players, parents, and coaches. A State of New York notarized partnership agreement between DeSilva and Preteroti was filed on July 3rd.
At some point after reports surfaced regarding the new venture, Preteroti told Regals owner Mike Answeeney that he was unaware of DeSilva’s legal issues from the past.
“That’s not true,” former Eastern States Hockey League commissioner Andrew “Sarge” Richards said Monday evening. “Peter is fully aware of what happened with DeSilva and the Mass Leafs.” In fact, a simple Google search of Peter’s name and DeSilva shows a long history of the two interacting in the name of hockey. Preteroti’s Buffalo Stars even traveled to New England to face the Leafs in non-league games in addition to many other interactions.
So why would Preteroti, with so much to lose, take the chance to risk everything to help DeSilva? That’s a question that remains unanswered. Another question that has emerged; is it a crime for DeSilva to try and work around the SafeSport restriction and for Preteroti to have helped him?
In the last 36 hours, DeSilva has shut down the tophockeyprospect.com website and has quickly taken on the role of the victim on the company’s Facebook page.
"It sickens me that there are people who can make up as much lies about someone and make themselves look innocent and they destroy someone’s reputation all because they are jealous and pathetic and so many people believe them without finding out the truth."
Anthony DeSilva, 2020
Hey Tony, so the deputies in Florida lied about the naked pictures Sherrif Grady said you sent to his deputies when you thought they were 16-year-old boys?
In my opinion, the biggest problem is that you are so open about your new venture and actively reaching out to the same aged players that got you into trouble in the first place. Why not turn to the pro game instead? I know, those guys would simply knock your block off.
I’m sorry, this is enough for the day. Tomorrow we are going to talk about all the hockey people that have benefited, or have been working with DeSilva since July. It’s a list that is going to surprise a lot of people and includes Regals' owner Mike Answeeney.