Eden Prairie Figure Skating Coach Charged with 5 Counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct Against Minor

January 12, 2018 05:20 AM

An Eden Prairie skating coach has been charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct in Hennepin County in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a figure skater that started when she was 14. The unnamed girl is now 16. 

Forty-seven-year-old Thomas Joseph Incantalupo of St. Louis Park is charged with one first-degree count of penetration in multiple acts with a victim under age 16. 

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The other counts are third-degree criminal sexual conduct, noting he was in a position of authority. The criminal complaint states Incantalupo engaged in dozens of sex acts with the teen.

According to the criminal complaint, the abuse reportedly started in August 2015 during a training trip. In this encounter, the teenager was sleeping and woke up to find her coach in her room touching her legs and butt over her clothing, then fondling her breasts. She told authorities she pretended she was sleeping, thinking he would leave, but said he did not.

The complaint states he forced her head down on his penis, forcing oral sex. 

The sexual behavior continued on several trips, where the two had intercourse, according to the complaint. On one trip, Incantalupo was worried the girl was pregnant and allegedly took her to a clinic to get a pill. At home, Incantalupo took the girl to hotels where the sexual behavior continued, the complaint details. 

The criminal complaint also states the most recent abuse took place in December 2017.

The teen told investigators she had confided in a friend about the sexual behavior this month. Parents then told police. Investigators worked with the teen who met Incantalupo wearing a recording device as he discussed their relationship on Tuesday. The criminal complaint states Incantalupo was recorded saying he knew the relationship was wrong, and he could go to jail for it.

He was arrested after this conversation.

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The teen had trained with Incantalupo since she was 9. According to court records, Incantalupo is still in jail, and no attorney is listed in the court documents.

Incantalupo is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

The Eden Prairie Figure Skating Club said Thursday the club has revoked all coaching privileges for Incantalupo, who became a home-club coach for the club in July of 2016.

"We want to be very clear, the protection and safety of our members is paramount and we will take all appropriate actions to accomplish this objective," read part of a statement issued by the club. "We want to assure our parents, skaters, and our community that we will do everything possible to support our membership and our skating community at this time." 

The City of Eden Prairie said while the case remains an open investigation, the Eden Prairie police department does not know of any additional victims.

"If additional victims are identified, the Eden Prairie Police Department will aggressively investigate those cases in the same manner this investigation is being handled," the city said in a release.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman released the following statement: “As a father and a former coach of young women, this conduct, if proven in court, deserves the severest penalty possible. The trust this young girl, and her parents, put in Mr. Incantalupo was abused and that should never have happened. We will be filing for aggravated circumstances which will allow a judge to hand down a higher sentence if he is convicted.”

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