Probe findings allege sexual misconduct at Brooklyn private school

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St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights has released its findings of an internal investigation after several instances surfaced of former students who say they were sexually abused by staff members and teachers dating back to at least the 1970s.

The claims first surfaced in several public Facebook posts that detailed the sexual conduct that included faculty and the school’s former headmaster, Stanley Bosworth.

The school noted that the allegations all concern past employees – none of whom have worked in the school since the mid-2000s. Upon getting word of these reports, the school hired outside investigators to interview witnesses, victims and former and current staff members.

The firm ultimately found that at least six male former faculty members may have engaged in sexual misconduct or intercourse with students between the 1970s and 1990s. The school says it is not releasing any of the names of the implicated staff members mainly to help protect the identities of the witnesses and victims who cooperated in the investigation.

Some of the inappropriate acts in question were sexual contacts and sexual intercourse between students and teachers, unwanted physical contact and kissing, and at least one teacher attending an off-campus party with high school students where there was drinking and kissing.

The school released a letter that stated in part: “To distort the boundaries of the student-teacher relationship is antithetical to our school's most deeply-held values and undermines the foundations of our educational mission."

The school says they acknowledge that inappropriate sexual encounters occurred. The school says it’s also taken steps to be better by implementing programs, trainings and policies to make sure this doesn't happen again.

 

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