Little League Coach Terrorized by Disgruntled Parent


The content of the letters that showed the author had some intimate knowledge of the family's background and was clearly involved in East Meadow Little League. Police zeroed in on the new family friend, Janet Chiauzzi, but needed more proof. Linda DeMasi had her daughter collect addresses for a pretend fundraiser in order to get a handwriting sample from Chiauzzi.

"The way she wrote 'East Meadow,' it was a certain way," Linda DeMasi recalled. "I could feel my knees starting to shake as I was standing there, and I couldn't believe it."

Forty-eight hours later, police matched the samples. In June 2011, Chiauzzi was arrested and charged with four counts of stalking, two counts of falsely reporting an incident, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of aggravated harassment.

"She made a full admission to her authoring all the letters and making these malicious accusations," Lt. Cote said. Chiauzzi told police she had become enraged when John DeMasi didn't choose her son for the Little League travel team.

In May 2012, Chiauzzi pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts and two felonies: second-degree stalking and first-degree filing of a false instrument. Three other charges, one a felony, were dismissed. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years probation.

In a statement to "20/20," Chiauzzi's attorney said his client was "genuinely remorseful and recognized the seriousness of her crimes. She was willing to accept responsibility for her actions rather than exercise her right to go to trial."

While the DeMasi family received civil damages for the stalking, one thing Linda Demasi said they still haven’t gotten is an apology.

"I wish as a mother she could look at me and say, 'I'm sorry.'"

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