Leesburg group director, counselor accused of running ‘sectarian’ secret society within school – WFTV
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LEESBURG, Fla. — A longtime group director from Leesburg High School and a guidance counselor who also helped lead the group are off work pending the investigation, after allegations that the group director was leading a “sectarian” secret society inside the school, according to the police.
The student also said that while he was in high school, the guidance counselor, who was part of the group, sent him sexually explicit messages and asked to meet him, and the director of the group knew about it and deleted the messages.
Leesburg High School guidance counselor Leonardo “Lenny” Finelli Jr. once served as a music and marching instructor under longtime orchestra director Gabriel Fielder.
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In his resignation letter, Finelli wrote, “While I was being investigated and reassigned, I did not call or show for 4 days. I understand this is unprofessional.
Finelli resigned instead of being fired.
Fielder has been the group’s director for almost 20 years.
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Last month, a former student filed a report with Leesburg Police stating that when the student was 17, he was a member of a secret society at Leesburg High School called the “Council of Elders.”
He told police the group was “bigoted” and led by Fielder.
Meanwhile, the student said Finelli “requested they meet” and asked him how big his penis was and what his sexual orientation was.
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The student said that when Fielder found out, he deleted the messages and told the student and Finelli to stay apart.
The student said that after graduating from high school, he began a sexual relationship with Fenelli and moved in with him. Because he was 18 at the time, the prosecutor’s office determined that no charges were filed.
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State records show that Fielder and Finelli started a nonprofit a few years ago called the “Council of Elders.”
Next Monday, the school board will consider whether it will allow Fielder to resign in lieu of firing.
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