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Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Leo Inglima Donaldson? Our dedicated sexual abuse attorneys are here to help. You are not alone.
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A Bloomfield High School teacher and cross country coach has been convicted for the alleged sexual assault of two teenage boys. Leo Donaldson, formerly known as Leo Inglima, was accused of abusing two juvenile males between the ages of 15 and 17. New Jersey authorities charged Donaldson with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault by contact, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and one other charge, NJ.com reports.
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Civil legal action may be possible. Thanks to New Jersey prosecutors, Leo Donaldson has been held accountable for his misconduct by the criminal justice system. But there is still time for victims to hold Donaldson and the high school accountable themselves. If you or a loved one were abused by Leo Donaldson, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Authorities believe the abuse took place between 2015 and 2016. Incidents occurred both at Donaldson's Bloomfield home and his previous residence in Jersey City. Donaldson was arrested on October 28, 2016 and held in custody on $400,000 bail. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at a subsequent hearing. His teaching certificates were suspended in April 2018.
Soon after his arrest, Donaldson was suspended from his teaching position. At Bloomfield High, he taught an architecture class, served as a peer leadership coordinator and coached track and cross country. He also lost his position as a parish cantor and youth minister at St. Francis of Assisi American National Catholic Church in Glen Ridge. Both the school district and the church say Donaldson underwent rigorous background checks before being installed in his positions.
In March 2018, Donaldson pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct. He was sentenced to seven years in state prison and life on parole supervision. He was also ordered to register as a Megan's Law offender. At Donaldson's sentencing hearing, one of his victims spoke out, describing how the track coach first befriended him, then threatened to kick him off the team unless he engaged in sexual activity.
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