Former Minnesota Skating Coach Pleads Guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct
On Tuesday, former figure skating coach Thomas Incatalupo pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct for repeatedly sexually assaulting a student when she was between the ages of 14 and 16.
Incantalupo pleaded guilty in a Hennepin County courtroom on Tuesday morning. The victim was a longtime student who he began coaching when she was 9 years old. The girl traveled to other states and outside of the country with Incantalupo for training and competitions. In many of these trips, it was just the two of them.
According to the criminal complaint, the abuse started in 2015 when the girl was 14 years old, during a training trip to Connecticut. The two were staying at another coach’s home when Incantalupo snuck into the victim’s room and sexually assaulted her.
Incantulupo and the girl traveled to Argentina for coaching seminars, where more abuse occurred.
The complaint goes on to state that the coach took the victim from a practice rink in Eden Prairie to a hotel, where he sexually abused her. He then brought her back to the rink, where her parents picked her up.
This abuse continued for another three months before the girl confided in a friend. Police asked the girl to wear a wire and meet with Incantulupo at the rink, where he acknowledged the sexual abuse in hotel rooms. Eden Prairie police arrested him based on this recording.
Incantulupo pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Because he also admitted to aggravating factors, prosecutors can seek a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years. He will spend at least 12 years in prison.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for September 27.
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Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports
At Abuse Guardian, our alliance of sex abuse victims attorneys helps victims and their families seek answers, support, and justice in civil lawsuits. If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a youth sports coach, here is some general information on your family’s legal options:
In youth sports and other activities where adults are working with children, it’s critical to make sure these adults are trustworthy people. Sexual predators are often close to their victims and found in positions of trust, such as coaching and teaching. When a youth sports coach sexually abuses a child they’re coaching, it’s important for the victim’s family to be aware of their legal rights.
Reporting sexual abuse to the police should always be the first step. But in some cases, the options for legal recourse don’t end here. In certain situations, families affected by sexual abuse in youth sports may have grounds for a lawsuit.
A lawsuit may be available in cases where the organization’s negligence played a role in the abuse – such as failing to run background checks before hiring coaches.
Your family’s legal options will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. You can learn more about your legal rights by discussing your case with an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer.
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