Wife not liable in coach lawsuitJune 12,2014Wife not liable
in coach lawsuit
BENNINGTON — A judge has ruled that a civil lawsuit filed in April against Leo Reynolds, a former Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball coach, doesn’t apply to his wife.
Reynolds, 67, formerly of Bennington, is facing four pending felony charges in Bennington criminal court of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and one pending felony charge of aggravated sexual assault on a child younger than 13, for allegedly touching a 7-year-old girl in Bennington on several dates including on Christmas Eve of 2013.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the girl’s parents, sought to preserve the money from the sale of Reynolds’ home while the suit was still in court.
The home, however, belonged to Reynolds and his wife, Pamela Reynolds.
During a hearing in Bennington civil court in May, the attorney representing the family said he had no evidence that Pamela Reynolds knew about the alleged sexual abuse but asked Judge Katherine Hayes to preserve the money from the sale of the house in a trust while the lawsuit is active.
In a ruling dated May 23, Hayes said “the facts known at this point do not demonstrate that (Pamela) Reynolds was even aware” of the alleged sexual abuse. Under Vermont law, a person is not liable for a spouse’s illegal acts unless the person authorized or directed them.
Hayes said the law didn’t allow the court to give the lawyer representing the family time to investigate whether Pamela Reynolds knew about the alleged assaults.MORE IN This Just InRICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1898, Nelson Miles leads American troops into Puerto Rico during Spanish-American War, Bob Dylan electrifies Newport Folk Festival in 1965, author and longshoreman Eric Hoffer born this day in 1902. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads astronomic,historic and epigrammatic data... Full Story
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