Former Wilkes-Barre Scranton penguins charged with sex charges
EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE / WYOU) – The wife of a former Wilkes-Barre / Scranton assistant coach files a sexual assault complaint.
The lawsuit is against his former trainer Clark Donatelli. The lawsuit also names Bill Guerin and the owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, Mario Lemieux.
Chicago-based law firm Romanucci and Blandin filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Erin Skalde. The lawsuit details a sexual assault by John “Clark” Donatelli, who at the time was head coach of the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins.
Skalde’s husband Jarrod was an assistant coach for the team at the time of the alleged assault. The lawsuit claims sexual abuse took place during a team trip to Rhode Island in November 2018.
He also claims that the organization’s leadership told Jarrod to shut up and called Erin a liar. Erin claims she was never interviewed as part of the team’s investigation and that Jarrod was ultimately fired.
The law firm announced Tuesday afternoon that a second woman had come forward, claiming she was also assaulted by Donatelli.
The firm issued a statement saying, “Our legal team is moving swiftly to investigate these facts, the same pattern of assault and Donatelli’s action with impunity. We look forward to holding him and others involved accountable for their actions. “
In a statement regarding the lawsuit, the Pittsburgh Penguins said:
“We took this Wilkes-Barre / Scranton incident very seriously and acted immediately. The team investigated and dealt with the alleged incident within hours of being notified in June 2019, despite Mr Skalde delaying seven months before reporting the incident. Immediately after receiving the report, a full investigation was carried out within 72 hours and the former coach resigned from the organization. Following the report, Mr. Skalde continued to coach at Wilkes-Barre / Scranton for an additional year, until we made significant staff reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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