Former AHL Coach Clark Donatelli Indicted on Sexual Assault Charges

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVNovember 16, 2021

AUGSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 23: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) head coach Clark Donatelli of Krefeld Pinguine looks on during the DEL match between Augsburger Panther and Krefeld Pinguine on March 23, 2021 in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by Peter Fastl/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
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Former AHL coach Clark Donatelli has been indicted on four counts of sexual assault for allegedly touching the breast and vagina of Erin Skalde, the wife of Donatelli's former assistant coach Jarrod Skalde, in 2018, per Katie Strang of The Athletic.

At the time, Donatelli was head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, an AHL affiliate for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The indictment was issued by a Rhode Island grand jury in July, but he wasn't arraigned until Nov. 10 after he returned to the United States from Germany, where he had been coaching.

The report was filed by Erin Skalde, who has consented to be identified.

Skalde reportedly told the police that "Donatelli grabbed her breast and shoved his hand down her pants while Skalde, her husband and Donatelli went out together following a road game against the Providence Bruins," per Strang.

Skalde had also told Penguins officials of the alleged assault in June 2019, leading to Donatelli's departure from the organization. A lawsuit against the team also alleged the coach was a "serial harasser" who assaulted "numerous women."

The Penguins reached an undisclosed settlement with Erin and Jarrod Skalde last week.

"We are pleased to announce the resolution of the matter involving Erin Skalde and the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, which has come to a satisfactory conclusion for all parties involved," Erin Skalde’s attorneys, Gina A. DeBoni and Jason J. Friedl, said in a statement Tuesday. "We appreciate the collaboration the team has shown in acknowledging the concerns of our client."

Donatelli was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in December.