Gene Talerico has served as an Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County for over 23 years. In 1994, he was appointed Supervisor of the Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Unit and in January 2000, was named First Assistant District Attorney. He has also been appointed Special Deputy Attorney General to prosecute cases in Luzerne and Wyoming counties as well as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Talerico serves on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Medical/Legal Advisory Board for Child Abuse and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Scranton and Marywood University on the issues of child maltreatment and elder abuse. He has also served as a faculty member for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute’s Trial Advocacy for Prosecutors and the Widener University School Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program as well as lecturing at the Pennsylvania State Police Training Academy in the area of Advanced Latent Fingerprint Examination.
He has also developed the Lackawanna County Child Abuse Protocol and has written on the topic of victim impact testimony in capital murder cases, Megan’s Law and Child Abuse Prosecution. Moreover, he has testified before the Attorney General’s Task Force on Older Pennsylvanians and has assisted in drafting Senate Bill 944, Pennsylvania’s version of Jessica’s Law, a proposal designed to better protect communities from sexual predators, which has since been passed in Pennsylvania.
A 1989 graduate of University of Scranton, Mr. Talerico earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science. He is a 1992 graduate of Widener University School of Law.