John G. Berg, a long-disbarred lawyer from Delaware County, has been sued over sexual assault allegations by a housekeeper he sought out online in 2016.
In a complaint filed March 19 in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, plaintiff Rose Sabatino said she met Berg through the website care.com, which he was purportedly using to find a housekeeper for his home in Newtown Square.
When Sabatino arrived at Berg’s home for a job interview, he restrained her in his mudroom and sexually assaulted her, the complaint said. He then threatened her not to tell anyone about the encounter because “everyone would believe his word over her word because he is (allegedly) a lawyer,” the complaint said. Sabatino immediately reported the incident to police.
Berg has already pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault, a misdemeanor, which was prosecuted by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced Oct. 25 to 18 months’ probation, Pennsylvania court records say.
It wasn’t Berg’s first brush with criminal charges. He pleaded guilty to fraud charges in 1983 over a securities investment scheme involving Fidelity America Mortgage Co., of which he was president, that cost a group of investors more than $5 million.
Berg was ordered to pay restitution and was placed on probation for five years following his guilty plea. He was disbarred in 1984.
The complaint brings three counts against Berg: assault, battery and false imprisonment.
Mark Sereni, founding partner of DiOrio & Sereni in Media, is representing Sabatino. In a statement about the case, he said Berg is a “fake lawyer and fraud of a man.”
The Delaware County Court of Common Pleas did not list an attorney representing Berg. The lawyer who represented him in the recent criminal case, Arik Benari, said he had not heard from Berg regarding the civil case.