Sexual Abuse – Coach Tony Sagona
Tony Sagona, a youth baseball and basketball coach, has been accused of sexually abusing at least seven children over a span of several decades. The allegations were made by former basketball players in Monmouth County, New Jersey and former Little League players in Richmond County, New York. It is believed that there are other victims who have not yet come forward.
Sagona was a sports coach for a Staten Island little league team back in the 1970s and 1980s and later a basketball coach for the Jersey Shore Warriors of Morganville, New Jersey. The victims filed lawsuits shortly after both New York and New Jersey passed statutes with look-back windows during which accusers can bring actions against their abusers. One of Sagona’s victims from Staten Island reported that he felt compelled to disclose Sagona’s actions when he learned that Sagona continued to coach children in New Jersey. He also contacted his former teammates and learned that Sagona had sexually abused several of them as well.
The young basketball player who filed the lawsuit in December 2019 claimed that Sagona initiated a “father-son” relationship with him that quickly became sexual. The claimant also stated that Sagona paid him hundreds of dollars to perform certain sexual acts, such as massaging Sagona. If the victim refused Sagona’s advances, Sagona would make threats about cutting the boy from the basketball team. When the claimant finally rejected Sagona during an attempted rape, the player was downgraded to a less competitive team. Another former basketball player who has filed a lawsuit made similar claims against Sagona, including accusations that he groomed him through sexual conversations and inappropriate touching.
In addition to Sagona, the lawsuits allege that the Jersey Shore Warriors and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) are liable for injuries suffered by the plaintiffs. According to the claimants, these organizations should not have permitted Sagona to participate in the league and continue to abuse other young men. Sagona was also a coach at St. Patrick’s Elementary School, a Roman Catholic School in Staten Island. That school, as well as the Archdioceses of New York, were also named in the lawsuit by several of Sagona’s victims for failing to protect the children from sexual abuse by their coach and mentor.
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