Lawsuit alleges sex abuse coverup by Bergen Catholic wrestling program, report says

By Matthew Stanmyre and Patrick Lanni, NJ Advance Media for

A 12-count lawsuit filed Monday in state Superior Court in Bergen County alleges coaches from the powerhouse Bergen Catholic High wrestling team engaged in sexual and verbal harassment of at least one wrestler while the school administration conspired to keep the abuse under wraps.

News of the lawsuit was first reported by

The lawsuit alleges Bergen Catholic head coach Dave Bell "inappropriately undressed with minors and watched wrestlers, including Plaintiff, change in the locker room, which they were completely nude or partially nude." It also claims assistant coach Dominick "Donnie" Spataro "showed pornographic and nude photographs of himself and others on his mobile phone to Plaintiff and other minor wrestlers, including photographs of his own nude body including his depictions of his penis."

The complaint goes on to allege that members of the Bergen Catholic administration, including the school's president, Brother Brian Walsh, principal Timothy McElhinney and athletic director Jack McGovern "knew or . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-04-11 07:29:35 -0500
    Criminal or not this is not the kind of moral leadership one should expect from role models (such as coaches) at a catholic “Christian” school. These coaches should be teaching young men about appropriate sexual behavior such as chastity and modesty-not showing them nude pictures of themselves.

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