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VILLAGE VOICE: Horace Man Sex Scandal: Major Questions Still Unanswered Following Prosecutors Report


Horace Mann Sex Scandal: Major Questions Still Unanswered Following Prosecutors Report

 
 
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Even though it was released Friday, we feel the need to revisit Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson's remarkable statement on the results of his investigation into sexual abuse of students by teachers at the prestigious Horace Mann School.

Prosecutors say the abuse ranged for 34 years, from 1962 through 1996. "The investigation revealed a systemic pattern of alleged abuse" beyond what the media had reported a year ago, the statement says. "In total, we received direct information regarding at least 12 separate alleged abusers," the statement says. "The reported abuse ranges from what may be characterized as inappropriate behavior, to child endangerment, actual instances of sexual contact, sexual intercourse and criminal sexual acts."

However, the statement leaves unanswered the key question about the school's own culpability in allowing the misconduct to fester through more than three decades. In other words, we still don't know what the school knew and when.

And since there is a massive loophole in state law, which incredibly does not require private schools to report sexual misconduct to law enforcement authorities, the other key question is whether the school used that loophole purposefully to cover up the misconduct. The Bronx DA is silent on these questions.

But the Horace Mann Action Coalition--a group of graduates who have been pressing the issue--says that it has learned of at least 18 instances "in which sexual abuse was brought to the attention of Horace Mann teachers, administrators and board of trustee members."

"In each case, the student who reported the abuse was told that pursuing the accusations might hurt his chances at attending the college of his choice, or that Horace Mann wouldn't consider a case for which the student had no 'video or audio' evidence," the coalition says. "It is tragic to consider how much suffering might have been avoided had even a few of the accusations been investigated."

Let's just pause on that a moment: the school actually threatened abused children with ruining their college chances? The school hid behind a lack of video or audio evidence in cases of molestation? So, the kids were supposed to wear a wire to prove their allegations and then report them to the school?

The coalition also points out that the school didn't have a written policy on reporting sexual abuse until two months after the New York Times article which first disclosed the abuse was published in July, 2012.

The coalition now wants an apology from the school. The school thus far has declined to comment on the DA's report--a strategy that's not going to do much to rehab the institution's tarnished reputation.

While the school did settle with a number of victims, that didn't squelch the scandal. One group of alumni have hired former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder to conduct another investigation, while another alumni group wants the school to do its own probe.


http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2013/04/horace_mann_sex_1.php


RAW STORY: Systemic 34-year long sex abuse at NY's elite Horace Mann


 

‘Systemic’ 34-year long sex abuse at New York’s elite Horace Mann prep school cannot be prosecuted

 
By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:34 EDT
Students at one of America’s most prestigious schools were abused by pedophile teachers for more than three decades but prosecutors are unable to file charges because the crimes happened too long ago, officials in New York said Friday.

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office said in a statement police had uncovered evidence of “systemic” abuse of pupils at the famous Horace Mann School, spanning a 34-year period from from 1962 to 1996.

However no charges would be filed because of New York State’s statute of limitations laws.



Horace Mann, seen as offering the best education money can buy with an annual tuition of almost $40,000, was the subject of an expose in the New York Times Magazine last June in which a former student alleged there had been numerous cases of sexual contact between students and teachers during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

After the publication of the article, a number of alleged victims came forward saying they had also suffered sexual abuse at the school.

Prosecutors said Friday that a police investigation uncovered a “systemic pattern of alleged abuse” which exceeded the crimes detailed by the New York Times.

“In total, we received direct information regarding at least 12 separate alleged abusers,” the statement from the Bronx District Attorney’s office read.

“The reported abuse ranges from what may be characterized as inappropriate behavior to child endangerment, actual instances of sexual contact, sexual intercourse and criminal sexual acts,” according to the prosecutors’ statement, which said the abuse went on from 1962 to 1996.

But because so much time has elapsed, prosecutors said they are unable to file charges in the cases. In most of the cases, the statute of limitation for pedophilia-related charges was five years or less, they said.



Horace Mann was founded in 1887 and is located in Riverdale in the Bronx.

The prestigious school offers a rigorous classical education, with students from preschoolers to high school, and ranks among the most highly regarded schools in the United States with a large percentage of graduates matriculating at Harvard, Princeton, Yale and other Ivy League schools.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/27/systemic-34-year-long-sex-abuse-at-new-yorks-elite-horace-mann-prep-school-cannot-be-prosecuted/




RAW STORY: Systemic 34-year long sex abuse at NY's elite Horace Mann


 
‘Systemic’ 34-year long sex abuse at New York’s elite Horace Mann prep school cannot be prosecuted  
By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:34 EDT



SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Horace Mann Abuse Claims Too Old to Prosecute


 
Horace Mann Abuse Claims Too Old to Prosecute, Bronx D.A. Says Chris Dolmetsch, ©2013 Bloomberg News Published 9:47 pm, Friday, April 26, 2013 April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Bronx prosecutors said the alleged sexual abuse of students at New York City prep school Horace Mann took place too long ago to be prosecuted.



SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Horace Mann Abuse Claims Too Old to Prosecute


 
Horace Mann Abuse Claims Too Old to Prosecute, Bronx D.A. Says Chris Dolmetsch, ©2013 Bloomberg News Published 9:47 pm, Friday, April 26, 2013 April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Bronx prosecutors said the alleged sexual abuse of students at New York City prep school Horace Mann took place too long ago to be prosecuted.



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