Former disgraced Santa Clara councilor Dominic Caserta names new defendants in trial
Dominic Caserta was ousted years ago from his elected office, election campaigns and high school civics classes, but he still sails the courts in Santa Clara County.
The disgraced former Santa Clara city council member quietly reorganized in September the $ 38 million lawsuit he filed in April 2019 against the city and the Santa Clara Unified School District. Court documents reveal that three previously anonymous defendants in the alleged “witch trial” aimed at “destroying the life of Caserta almost overnight” have been identified.
Caserta alleges that SCUSD employee Nora Dipko mistakenly distributed her personnel file in May 2018 to 1,600 district employees.
The files contained allegations of sexual harassment dating back to 2002 – triggering an avalanche of complaints, including Caserta running her hands through a student’s hair, giving unwanted massages and carrying out campaign affairs while wearing only a towel – which were forwarded to a local reporter by Gina Perez, another district staff member.
In September, three of the accused “hinds” were served and named: Seana Shelby, Santa Clara High School librarian, Anthony McGilvery, athletic director and head coach of the boys at CHS, and Rene Coleman, kindergarten teacher. at Westwood Elementary School.
Notably, Coleman is the sister of Mayor Lisa Gillmor, the first of many elected officials who pushed for Caserta’s resignation in May 2018, months after their political relations began to crumble.
The newly appointed defendants can appear in the 10-day jury trial that Caserta has requested, as he pursues allegations of negligence, breach of contract, public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.
Caserta’s next case management date is February 1.
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