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Ex-union official found innocent

Published: Tue, June 29, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.


Ivan Maldonado

By Peter Milliken and Harold Gwin



A judge has found Ivan Maldonado, a former Youngstown State University union president, innocent of a misdemeanor charge of menacing.

Maldonado, 41, of Boardman, had a brief trial Monday morning, and Judge Robert Douglas of Youngstown Municipal Court issued his ruling Monday afternoon.

Maldonado, former president of YSU’s Association of Classified Employees union, was accused of making a threatening telephone call to another YSU employee in March 2009.

But the judge said before making his ruling, “Even the victim testified that there was no direct personal threat.”

A menacing charge states that the defendant knowingly caused the victim to believe the defendant would cause physical harm to the victim or his property.

“The threat was not physical harm,” the judge said.

The judge basically ruled that the testimony of the statement “bad for her health” said by Maldonado is in the venue of union culture and the stress of union litigation.

Kay Helscel, who filed the menacing complaint against Maldonado, was the prosecution’s sole witness. Christine Domhoff, an ACE grievance officer and former union president, and Paul Trimacco Sr., also a union grievance officer, testified for the defense. Maldonado didn’t take the stand.

Helscel said Maldonado called her at work March 10, 2009, regarding the circulation of a letter of agreement between the union and the university designed to resolve a potential grievance issue and advised her that it could be bad for her health if she were involved in circulating copies of that agreement.

The university fired Maldonado in July 2009. The union wants him reinstated.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Well one down. We will see what happens next with his pension antics. I bet he's not as lucky!

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2disappointed(7 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Just for the record, not ALL of the ACE union members want him reinstated!!

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"But the judge said before making his ruling, “Even the victim testified that there was no direct personal threat.”

This says it all . Much to do about nothing !

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4penguinswin(21 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I sure do agree with both timOthy and disappointed. Maldonado, in my opinion, had every intent on intimidating and meancing this female employee. The judges comment that "bad for her health" 'is in the venue of union culture and stress of union litigations' just goes to show everyone that bullies exist in unions and we are supposed to accept this as norm! The man is guilty and pretty much a "cheap thug" and apparently Judge Thomas should be voted out of office! As for witnesses, Domhoff and Trimacco should not be considered credible at all. What a kanagroo court! Waiting for the next installment when the state tries Maldonado.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Maldonado was fired from his job and too much time and money has been wasted on this case . This ruling should be closure .

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6disappointed(7 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I believe Maldonado lost his job due to several charges against him, not just the menacing charge. He was found not guilty on the menacing charge. That's over. Who knows what will happen next. Again, not ALL of the ACE union members
want him reinstated.

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7walter_sobchak(1891 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure the judge is correct in this situation. It seems apparent that copies of this agreement mean that they would be on paper copies. As such, it is quite possible that Ms. Helscel could have suffered from one of the worst health conditions known to all of mankind: the dreaded "PAPERCUT". Very painful and aggravating. Mr. Maldonado was just looking out for her well-being.

I'm honestly living in a world that I don't recognize!

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8tkytown(43 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

the YSU ACE union exists to protect the unproductive employees, anyone who tries to put in a full days work is riduculed and harassed, the culture is toxic and the workers feel like they can get away with anything.....

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9ChangesNeededNow(16 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

There are many employees sick and tired of all drama associated with this guy and his followers. Many people want nothing more to do with this bunch. There is a real opportunity now that Dr. Anderson is President for realations to improve if new leadership works with her to get things done instead of constantly creating problems and doing things in an underhanded manner. A new union mentality is needed, not the same old intimidating tactics of past leadership.

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10penguinswin(21 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Way to go - ChagesNeededNow - is right on the money. Those of us who do what is right and work hard don't have a say in this Union. This was not a witch hunt for any union official, this civil case was brought by the city prosecuting attorney! Wait till the crimminal proceedings - you will see a totally different outcome - I'll bet "Guilty on all charges."

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11crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

BTW, penguinswin - judge was douglas NOT thomas! You really are a piece of work. From what I've read, you seem to have PLENTY to say in that union. The venom you spew is very toxic and the norm for the culture you are breeding, sure do feel sorry for the likes of you who call people 'cheap thugs'. Did you ever look in the mirror? Some might call you a thug too with all your name calling and hatred for a fellow brother or sister of your union. If it's so bad for you, why don't you get OUT of that union? For someone who seems to hate it so bad, and claims you don't have a say, You sure seem to be saying an awful lot!

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12bartender123(27 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

You go crlbk1052...she's a hater with a big mouth & a bad attitude.

Geezzzzzzzzz penguinswin,

You are one nasty female. I guess no one ever loved you as an adult let alone as a child. If I was married to you I would DIE just to get away from your hateful self ( maybe he has already"wink, wink").

You're just a waste of oxygen. When judge DOUGLAS referenced poison & toxicity..you fit right in to that description!

May I suggest a mood stabilizer?

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13walter_sobchak(1891 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, folks. Ask anyone at the university that had knowledge or contact with this character and they will tell you that they weren't surprised when all of this stuff came out. Typical union thug tactics.

I'm sure that many of the people in that union would love to not belong to it. But, under our law, you would have to quit your job to no longer have the "priviledge" of union representation. That is unless you would like Ohio to become a "right to work" state. I don't need some union a-hole to represent me!

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14ChangesNeededNow(16 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

crlbk1052 and bartender, I was not going to stoop to your level and respond to this but after reading your posts I feel the need to tell you that your total meanspiritedness is why so many on campus want nothing more to do with the old ACE leaders. bartender, to say such a disparaging remark about someone's deceased spouse is just beyond low. How can you be so cruel? Talk about hatred for fellow union brothers/sisters. I just pray God will release you and heal you from such hatred.

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15crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I believe that changesneeded now should look at previous comments made about that ace union past president. How many of those people who work there have trashed him? Let's call a spade a spade. I know nothing about that campus personally except what I read in these vitrol blogs trashing a man who was, btw, found NOT GUILTY! I would recommend that individuals look at their own mean spirited comments first before throwing that stone, or rather boulder.

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16bartender123(27 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


Pray for penguinswin, She's the troubled one. That much anger in one's soul must be eating her alive.

Quoting the Bible: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor" A lesson soon to be learned by the accusers. Do you smell MONEY??!

Penguinswin & others should pay attention to that fact and not place themselves in that predicament w/defamatory lies!

Leave the "former" ACE leader alone! Show some respect for his family & the hell (unwarranted) they've endured this past year. He's been gone for a year but still such hatred? Play to another tune, please?!

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17crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I have heard the silence is deafening on that campus where people are disappointed that Mr. Maldonado was found NOT GUILTY! I think that those people who are silent speak volumes into their character. Just wait and see what path they go down, thinking that the thugs are to blame when they themselves are to blame. Shame on them for wanting to harm a person's character and life. May God Bless them for they are the unfortunate. The toxic venom they spew will only come back to them 10 fold....sad, very sad.

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18ChangesNeededNow(16 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

After Pres Anderson's uplifting speech yesterday I have renewed hope. There's a new positive wave of emotion on campus. We're going in a new direction and we'll have much success as we work together with Dr A!

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19crlbk1052(99 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Would be nice to see a positive wave, wouldn't make any bets though from what I've heard.....just from the PR spin that has been put on this, focusing way too much on the fluff. How about those students who are paying for her "BIG" salary AND tuition increase? Hope she does good for them......????? instead of rewarding those she takes care of.......as an outsider I hear she really takes care of her staff rather well

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20dancinmoses(66 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

isn' t it work FOR? where does together come into this picture........only a few get to be in the together bunch, rest of u will be on the outside - lookin in

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