Amendola, 63, was the attorney for Mary Lavasile’s emancipation petition from Sept. 3, 1996, which was filed just weeks before her 17th birthday. Mary became pregnant with Amendola's child approximately around that time, according to Janet Lavasile, Mary’s mother.
“At the time, I didn’t know the extent of the relationship,” said Janet.
Amendola seemed more like Mary’s “mentor,” according to Janet.
“She met him through the school district; she was interested in the law,” Janet said.
Mary and Amendola married in 2003 but have since split up, according to the report. “Joe is a very good father and has loved his two children very much, and that’s the most important thing for me right now,” Janet said.