As much as I would prefer to no longer reflect on a dark chapter in my family's life that is now thankfully behind us, the dark chapter itself would not have ended in the successful manner that it did without Joseph Lento's tireless efforts on behalf of my son and family.
Why did my son find himself in the position that he did? Because of one individual's inexcusable maliciousness, and as I was to soon learn, because of how allegations of sexual assault are viewed today on college campuses.
My son had worked tremendously hard to earn acceptance into a top-ranked school, and he was continuing on the path he had set out for himself years earlier. With graduation in sight, and expected attendance at a top-ranked graduate program as his next step in life, my son had the terrible misfortune to be accused of a sexual offense by a former girlfriend, another student who had attended the same school. As one can imagine, with such an allegation came a tremendous burden which words cannot describe.
Having only dealt with attorneys in my business affairs, I had no familiarity with what was to come. I only learned how much was at stake after my son was charged by his school. I have a college-age daughter, so I understand the seriousness of what young women face in life, albeit from a father's perspective. No one of course, male or female, should have to be subjected to unwelcome sexual advances or conduct. That being said, nor should anyone be falsely accused of wrongdoing as was the case with my son. Upon recognizing the implications of what was taking place at my son's school, I was very fortunate to have been referred to Mr. Lento by a colleague whose family he had helped in a different capacity, but also in a time of need.
After speaking with Mr. Lento, I knew he was the person to help us through this trouble. Mr. Lento took the time to listen, to offer his honest assessment of my son's situation, and as importantly, to give insight about how the matter must be handled. My concerns by no means disappeared after speaking with Mr. Lento, but I felt a sense of relief knowing that he would do everything possible to defend my son against these baseless allegations; allegations motivated in part by a failed teenage relationship. Ultimately, Mr. Lento was with my son and family every step of the way in dealing with school officials and law enforcement, and dedicating himself to mounting a defense that allowed my son to be vindicated, and to be able to continue with his strides in life.
My son again has the rest of his life in front of him, and were it not for Mr. Lento's dedication to the case, all of my son's and family's hard work over the years would have been in vain. Mr. Lento, words cannot express how forever grateful we are for you. Thank you.