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Sex abuser gets jail, probation

A City of Tonawanda man was sentenced to two months in jail and 10 years of intensive probation after pleading guilty Friday in Erie County Court to sexual misconduct with a teen and two felony counts of unlawful surveillance.

County Judge Kenneth F. Case lectured James M. Reimondo, 47, on the incalculable harm he caused to people who had trusted and depended on him.

Case said he was restricted by the first-time sex offender's guilty plea from sentencing him to more jail time, but warned him he wouldn't hesitate to send him to state prison if he returned to court on a probationary offense.

Case also issued an order of protection barring any form of communication between Reimondo and the teen, and between him and his estranged wife, Laurie Reimondo, until May 9, 2022.

"It's just terrible that this happened to my daughter when she was 14 years old," the teen's father said. "He took away her innocence, and the four years of high school she should have been enjoying, and having fun."

Laurie Reimondo, who has filed for divorce, said her husband also took compromising videos of her and the teen without their knowledge and downloaded them onto his computer.

The teen confided about the sexual abuse to a boyfriend, which led to her parents and then the police being notified.

Reimondo, a longtime retail store manager for drug store chains in Erie and Niagara counties, was arrested Jan. 5 and had been out on bail.

Both Laurie Reimondo and the teen's father said they were glad John Reimondo was sentenced to the 10 years of intensive probation required of sex offenders, saying it would help protect the community.

"I'm happy he's getting some jail time. I just wish it could have been more," Laurie Reimondo said.