An elite Connecticut boarding school, Choate Rosemary Hall, has reportedly admitted to decades of sexual abuse of students by staff since 1963 until as recently as 2010, as reported by Breibart News.
A 50-page report, prepared by an investigator from the firm Covington & Burling, reveals the actions of 12 former teachers upon 24 victims at the Wallingford school. These actions ranged from sexual groping to rape.
The investigation said that when allegations of sexual abuse were reported to Choate officials, the complaints were handled secretly.
The report states, “Choate did not make any reports to DCF [Department of Children and Families] regarding adult sexual misconduct prior to 2010.”
The investigation discovered that, in one instance, a former teacher accused of sexually abusing students 20 years ago left Choate to teach in the state’s public schools.
He became principal of a Litchfield regional high school but resigned from his position before the Choate report was released.
A letter from Choate headmaster Alex Curtis and chairman of the board of trustees Michael J. Carr states: “We honor and thank the survivors of sexual misconduct who came forward. We extend our deepest apologies most specifically to all survivors of sexual misconduct and their loved ones.”
This report follows the Boston Globe’s recent series on sexual abuse in elite New England prep schools. Within the past two years, many schools, including St. George’s School in Rhode Island, Taft School in Connecticut, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and Concord Academy in Concord, have had to place staff on leave or fire them due alleged sexual misconduct.
The improper method in which Choate handled these allegations failed to protect the students. The only way to keep our children safe is to expose the predators. I encourage past students who has been victimized to come forward.