New Castle News


September 7, 2013

Former Union school trainer sentenced to prison

NEW CASTLE — A one-time Union school district employee could spend as much as 18 years in a state penitentiary.

Ronald Lee Dougalewicz Jr., 40, of 23 Edgewood Acres, was convicted by a jury in May of four sex-related charges involving a former student.

He was sentenced Friday by Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge J. Craig Cox.

On the charge of aggravated indecent assault of a child less than 16 years of age, Dougalewicz was sentenced to three to 10 years in a state correctional facility with credit for six days served. When paroled, it will be with the condition that he have no contact with the victim.

On the charge of sexual abuse of children/possession of child pornography, he was sentenced to nine months to seven years in a state correctional facility with credit for six days served.

On the charge of corruption of a minor, he was sentenced to three months to one year in a state correctional facility with credit for six days served.

Each sentence is to be served consecutively to the others.

Dougalewicz also was ordered to pay costs of prosecution, provide a DNA sample and undergo sexual offender’s counseling and treatment.

In addition, for the remainder of his life, Dougalewicz will be required to register as a sexual offender. This will involve providing his address, phone numbers, email information, car registration, place of employment, a photograph and DNA sample annually with the Pennsylvania state police.

A jury also found Dougalewicz guilty of indecent assault. That charge was merged with the aggravated indecent assault and no further penalty was imposed.

The same jury found him not guilty of a charge of statutory sexual assault.

An additional charge of unlawful contact with a minor/sexual offenses had been dismissed.

The charges involved incidents occurring in 2009. Pennsylvania state police allege Dougalewicz had entered into a sexual relationship with a female student who — at the time — was in ninth grade and 14 years old. Dougalewicz worked with her softball team.

Dougalewicz, a physical therapist, was hired by the Union school district in 2008 to help develop a strength training and fitness program for students and staff.

The victim was not present at the sentencing. Dougalewicz was represented by attorney David Acker.

Jonathan R. Miller, assistant district attorney, who was the prosecutor at the trial, presented the sentencing recommendations from the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office.

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