A Betrayal of Public Trust
Below is a disturbing account of how our trusted Senator/Mayor/Assistant Superintendent wielded his power for personal gain at the expense of an innocent young woman...Warning: Explicit and potentially offensive language is used.
Timeline of Sexual Harassment
Ms. Lydia Coleman was subject to a nightmare of sexual harassment, threats, and criminal conduct starting back in 2002-2003. She was hired as a part time swim instructor at the North Bergen Pool. Her past achievements and impeccable professional experience warranted employment with the township of North Bergen. She has had a highly decorated career as a swim instructor for children and assisted in preparing swimmers for the Olympics. Only until after Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco hunted her like a sexual predator, did her once enjoyable career disappear from within her eyes.
From the start, Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco started to pursue Ms. Coleman with intentions of forwarding his sexual deviancy. As with any type of municipal job Ms. Coleman was aware of the politics that were involved with it. She was advised from fellow co-workers that Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco had taken a keen interest into her. For the record, Ms. Coleman never had a relationship or intimate encounters with him. Through various co-workers, Ms. Coleman was advised that it was “mandatory” to attend these so-called “social gatherings”, held in such places as Patsy’s Bar or GP’s Bar. When she would not attend, she would be harassed via cell phone, until she attended such events. It was obvious that there were ulterior motives already in place by Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco. Ms. Coleman had become increasingly uncomfortable, as Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nichola J. Sacco would constantly proceed to touch Ms. Coleman. First it would start off with a simple arm around the shoulders, but then progressed into a sexually motivated action. Every time Ms. Coleman would proceed to be out with co-workers, Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco made it a priority to show up and seek her out. In one such instance at Las Tapas Restaurant, Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J.Sacco was extremely aggressive in pursuing Ms. Coleman for a relationship. (*Please note that Nick Sacco was married at the time, and currently still is). He quoted to Ms. Coleman,” You can become 1st lady of North Bergen and the town would be yours for the taking.” Even after turning down his advances and trying to avoid them completely, Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco then proceeded to touch Ms. Coleman inappropriately and verbally harass her in a sexual manner. Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco would quote such phrases as,” You know that you want me” and other profane comments to ask for acts sexual in nature. Ms. Coleman continued to turn down these unwanted advances. In a gesture to try and get more contact with Ms. Coleman, Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco even forced her to drive his wife, at the time, to work each day at the Hudson County Schools of Technology. Ms. Coleman was forced to perform this duty, while on township time. Unfortunately, Ms. Coleman had no avenue of relief to stop this sexual predator from continuing his harassment. She knew that if this conduct was reported, she would lose her job and possibly worse. All the harassment, both sexually, mentally, and physical, affected her emotionally.
The following scenario took place at Babaloo’s, the night before Valentine’s day in 2005. Ms. Coleman had been enjoying a social gathering, that she voluntarily attended, with friends and co- workers. At the latter point of the evening, Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J.Sacco and a male friend (a judge), arrived at this establishment. As soon as he arrived, Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco proceeded to aggressively pursue Ms. Coleman again. She had tried to ignore Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco , as he was conducting himself in a sexually inappropriate manner. He, at one point, proceeded to put his hands on her leg, moving into close proximity of her pelvic region. In addition, he placed his hands on her sides, and forcibly pulled her onto him. Ms. Coleman was appalled and shocked by this behavior. He then proceeded to advise Ms.Coleman, in front of others, that she was going to take him back to his apartment, and then proceed to have sexual intercourse with him. Ms. Coleman stated that she was NOT going to drive him home and NOT going to have sexual intercourse with him. At this time, she then proceeded to leave Babaloo’s and Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco immediately got very irritated with her rejection.
The following is a transcript of the voicemails that Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco proceeded to leave on Ms. Coleman’s cell phone that same evening:
I think you should call me back at 868-####.
I think it would be very wise thing to do right at this moment. You know what, don’t. It would be wise to do it.
I think you better really call me back. You embarrassed me in front of a judge, who is my oldest, closest friend from the old days.
Don’t’ ever, ever think that’s meaningful. Cause you don’t understand what you did. You’re a RETARD. You better realize what you just did. It’s scary that you would be that stupid. You are STUPID. You better get that call back in before the end of this night for whatever value it is. You better try. If you even take it, you better try. It’s scary what you just did to yourself.
You don’t seem to understand that everything is in my hands right now. Everything is in my hands. You don’t understand that because you’re a fucking retard. You can’t understand it. You better get back at 868-#### as soon as you hear this message. You better get back cause you don’t know how I feel this moment. You may hear it, but you don’t know it. You don’t know what I am capable of doing. You better get back and make amends for your scumbag behavior. But if you don’t, that’s quite alright. It’s quite alright with me. I handle what I have to do.
Lydia, you’ve fucked up all over your life. This is the biggest fuckup you have made in your life. You don’t even understand, until tomorrow or till Tuesday. You won’t understand it. I don’t believe that you could be this incompetent. But I guess I shouldn’t be shocked. People said you were a fucking pig, degenerate and I shouldn’t be shocked. But you are. You are. I can’t believe you would be this stupid as an individual. But you are. I am still sitting here waiting for that call. I expect you to make the call you, if you don’t, expect what happens, happens. Because of what you are. Thank You.
After receiving these voicemails, Ms. Coleman was terrified by what further actions Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco would inflict on her. She has been repeatedly threatened never to go public with this matter throughout the years. She has received numerous threats towards her and her family. Ms. Coleman finally found the courage to face her fear and go public with this story. Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J.Sacco has proven to show that he is a sexual predator, and has previously and currently is, using his office to advance his own sexual agenda. Ms. Coleman feels it is deplorable that a public official, such as Senator/Mayor/Asst. Superintendent Nicholas J. Sacco, treats women with the lack of dignity and respect offered to them through the laws of our state and nation. Senator/Mayor/Asst. SuperintendentNicholas J. Sacco , through his sexual and criminal conduct, has shown himself to be no more than a sexual deviant, and unfit for public office.