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Bloomfield High School teacher charged with sexually assaulting students

Posted at 3:52 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 15:52:39-04
Leo Donaldson, 30, was charged with sexual assault. (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Leo Donaldson, 30, was charged with sexual assault. (Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — A Bloomfield High School teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting two students.

Leo Donaldson, 30, of Bloomfield was arrested Thursday by members of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit.

Officials say the victims were two teenage boys, ages 15 and 17. The incidents allegedly took place between 2015 and 2016 at Donaldson’s home in Bloomfield and his previous home in Jersey City.

Donaldson, formerly known as Leo Inglima, was charged with sexual assault; sexual assault by contact; sexual criminal assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

He is a track and cross-country coach at Bloomfield High School where he also teaches architecture.

Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Goncalves issued a statement on the Bloomfield School District’s website Thursday following the arrest.

“I am saddened and disheartened to inform you that Leo Donaldson, a Bloomfield High School teacher and athletic coach, was arrested by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office earlier today. We are working closely with the Prosecutor’s Office as the matter continues to be the subject of an active investigation,” said Goncalves.

The school district is offering counseling for students.

“Please know that we are deeply committed to the safety and welfare of your child,” said the statement.

They urge anyone with information about the arrest to call Captain Steve Roberts at 973-621-4700.

Bail was set at $400,000 cash or bond with no 10 percent alternative.