Student gone, so is lawsuit

Case resolved but details few

WARREN — A dispute about whether a teen should be allowed to go to the same school with a classmate he was convicted of secretly recording has been resolved.

Few details are available about the resolution, but the boy is no longer a student at Warren John F. Kennedy High School, said Msgr. John Zuraw, chancellor of the Diocese in Youngstown.

Dominic Alberini and his parents sued the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and the high school, claiming they breached a contract by refusing to allow the boy to enroll there for his senior year, according to a complaint filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay allowed Alberini to attend school and participate in other school activities until the matter was settled. A restraining order banning the school from barring Alberini from the school was dropped, according to court records.

A separate suit for a protection order against Alberini, filed by the girl’s father, was also settled and dismissed, according to court records.

Alberini was one of two boys who pleaded true in August 2015 to a fifth-degree felony charge of voyeurism in Trumbull County Family Court after a classmate discovered nude video of herself had been circulating around the high school for months. The girl, then 15, was secretly recorded in 2014 while changing in a Howland home for a pool party.

Alberini was sentenced to seven days in juvenile detention. He and the other teen, then both 15, were also sentenced to six months probation, 80 hours of community service, and ordered to write a 500-word apology and participate in victim reconciliation and adolescent sexual offender programs.

The girl told the court she was forced to sit through classes with Alberini and interact with him on the football field after she discovered the video. After the conviction, the boys went to other schools for the rest of the year, the girl’s dad said.