An elite Connecticut boarding school says an independent investigation has found several teachers engaged in sexual misconduct with students between the 1970s and 2000s.
A letter sent Monday by Pomfret School leaders says the investigation found four teachers "more likely than not" engaged in sexual misconduct. The letter says there were nine other "credible reports" of misconduct. None of the teachers were named.
Among the key findings of the investigation were that a faculty member engaged in sexual misconduct with a student in the early 1970s, two faculty members engaged in sexual misconduct with students in the 1980s and one of those cases spanned into the early 1990s and a faculty member engaged in sexual misconduct with a student after 2000.
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“We have made the decision not to disclose the names of the faculty members whose conduct was examined during the course of this investigation, even where a finding was made that sexual misconduct had occurred. Our decision not to do so was not made lightly, nor without lengthy debate about the merits of disclosing the names. Ultimately, our decision was based on our conclusion that this disclosure would likely result in identification of the victims or speculation about their identities. The investigator repeatedly heard from victims who said they did not want their identities to be revealed. In the end, we concluded that the continued privacy of the victims was our highest priority,” the letter from the head of school and chair of the board of trustees said.
The co-educational college preparatory school, which has been around for 120 years, has both boarding students and day students. The tuition for boarding students is $57,570 per year and the tuition for day students is $37,670.