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Mom gets jail, stalked baseball official

Left, Janet Chiauzzi was accused of menacing a

Left, Janet Chiauzzi was accused of menacing a Little League official after her son wasn't chosen for a travel team. Pictured right, John (left), Dominick, and Linda DeMasi after Janet Chiauzzi was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and placed on five years probation for the misdemeanor counts and three years probation to run concurrently. (May 15, 2012) Credit: NCPD, Howard Schnapp

A Nassau judge Tuesday imposed a sentence of 60 days in jail and five years' probation on an East Meadow mother who threatened a Little League official, his wife and his son after her own son failed to make a travel team roster.

Janet Chiauzzi, 45, was arrested in June after she sent a letter to the principal of the official's children's school, accusing John DeMasi, 42, of child abuse. A Nassau Child Protective Services probe deemed the claims unfounded, police said.

She had previously 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.

Authorities said Chiauzzi, who has sons ages 15 and 12, sent threatening letters to DeMasi's wife and then-10-year-old son Dominick after her own son was not selected for the summer travel team in the East Meadow Baseball/Softball Association.

Judge Jerald Carter read excerpts from those letters, one of which noted "if something terrible happens" to DeMasi's family, the boy could blame his father.

"That's what you wrote to a 10-year-old boy!" Carter said, adding, "That's despicable."

DeMasi's wife told the court that her son, now 12, "was targeted and tormented by an adult bully." She told Carter she had brought her son to court to get a sense of "closure."

Chiauzzi addressed the family before sentencing, saying: "I think about it every day. I wish I could take it back. . . . I want you to be able to forgive me some day." She called herself "a normal person" and said, "I just don't want you to take me away from my boys."

Her lawyer, Peter Bongiorno, of Mineola, said, "One thing I've learned doing criminal defense work for 25 years is, nice people sometimes do bad things. Sometimes our emotions get the better of us," he said.

Chiauzzi also was ordered to make restitution related to the case, and Carter issued a restraining order, barring her from contact with DeMasi and his family.

After the sentencing, DeMasi said: "A crime like that needs to be paid for. For two years . . . we were looking over our backs."

Dominick said: "It sets an example for everyone who does this not to do it again to other people. . . . I think I can move on, have a new chapter in my life." With John Valenti

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