Accused Coach Worked In Area

Accused Coach Worked In Area

There are 64 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Nov 29, 2007, titled Accused Coach Worked In Area. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Steven Infante, 51, of New Milford, has been charged with rape and indecent assault in Massachusetts over allegations that he sexually abused teenage gymnastic students in the early 1990s.

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Witch Trial

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#63 Oct 22, 2008
Dear Ex 5 star camper and Debbie,
Yes, the trial will be good to have all the facts and evidence laid out. From my own research it upsets me to see skewed facts reported here. Don't accuse Infante of the hickey thing nor having anything to do with the shower games - both of which he had nothing to do with as witnesses have said. As far as needing repercussions - would it make you feel better to know that these men and their families suffer on every level and in ways you can't imagine. Since the ban Infante lost his job, his gym, friends, all his income, his home, and no way to support his 85 year old father, and both men live with this hellish nightmare that national news as a "child r-pist" brings. And no, I wouldn't have wanted my daughter at those camps - partially because of the behavior of counselors and other gymnasts. But I grew up with Infante and know him and his family and friends extremely well. Externally, he has said and done stupid, immature, off color, things due to having no mentors growing up - but he cares deeply about people and has never tried to harm anyone and always forgives - unlike all of you who don't care that he grew out of his immature behavior years ago and did not commit any crimes. The trial will only help him. I honestly feel bad about all the others who will be damaged by the exposure of their behavior and by all the lies they've had to add in order to try to ruin his life. As an author, I find this an amazing story.
ex 5 star camper

Ludlow, MA

#64 Oct 26, 2008
Witch Trial,
I still have mixed views on this whole thing. You are right in the fact that Infante is/was a caring individual. I also saw the giving side of him. I do not want to see him in jail for the rest of his life but unfortunately he did break the law and he did hurt people as well. I understand he may have had a bad childhood and that plays a role in his poor decisions as an adult but the courts cannot overlook the damage done if the accusations are true. If they did there would be a LOT of criminals out on the streets due to the fact that they had bad childhoods. I'm just glad I'm not making the decisions on his fate.
Witch Trial

United States

#65 Oct 28, 2008
Dear 5 star camper,
Thank you for your honesty, and I understand your view point. From all that I've researched I don't believe he assaulted anyone or broke the law.
I've already made all my other points.
Question on Dates

United States

#66 May 26, 2009
Does anyone know how long and the month and year Steve Infante was a coach at NEGX in CT.

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