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Ex-college coach gets jail for beating son

A former assistant men's basketball coach at Canisius College was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail for repeatedly beating his 4-year-old son with a belt Jan. 15.

Lazare "Adi" Adingono also was ordered to stay away from his son in a five-year order of protection and told to refrain from offensive conduct against his wife and other children if the couple reconciles.

Adingono, 31, expressed remorse, and his estranged wife, Maureen, urged the court to let the family reconcile. She gave birth to a second son, the couple's third child, last month in Providence, R.I.

State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges, however, pointed to recent attempts by Adingono to minimize the crime and "the significant injuries" his son suffered in the beating in the family's Lafayette Avenue home.

He also was ordered to get a job within 30 days of his release from jail, placed on probation for the next three years and directed to complete programs on domestic violence, mental health and parenting.

Adingono, a native of Cameroon, pleaded guilty June 18 to misdemeanor third-degree assault and misdemeanor child endangerment. He is expected to spend about 40 days behind bars.

"I acted stupidly and out of character," Adingono told the judge.

The "bad judgment that day" will be something "I will live with for the rest of my life," he added.

Defense attorney Harvey F. Siegel urged the judge to grant Adingono, who is a U.S. citizen, a conditional discharge, sparing him any penalties. He said Adingono has been getting professional therapy and has completed an anger-management program since his arrest.

Prosecutor Rosanne Eimer Johnson said Adingono was arrested after Rhode Island authorities contacted Buffalo police.

Johnson said the boy was injured when his father was disciplining him about a household incident.

After Rhode Island authorities contacted Buffalo police, the prosecutor said, Adingono was arrested Feb. 10 by Detectives Jacqueline Sullivan and Karyn M. Carney of the Buffalo police Sex Offense Squad and jailed briefly.

Adingono was a member of Cameroon's national basketball team before starring at the University of Rhode Island. He was an assistant coach at Canisius for three years before being fired because of the arrest.

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