Preying on boarding school kids like ‘fishing in a barrel’ for staff: DA
PHILADELPHIA — Teachers at a Pennsylvania boarding school sexually preyed on children for half a century while administrators turned a blind eye, a grand jury said in a report Wednesday.
No charges were expected, mostly because the crimes alleged at the culturally progressive Solebury School in New Hope occurred too long ago to be prosecuted.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub compared preying on children at the US$55,000-a-year school to “fishing in a barrel” under previous leaders and said they were wilfully blind to the situation. One complaint was eligible to be prosecuted before the legal deadline, but the 27-year-old accuser does not want to press charges, Weintraub said.
The report describes nine teachers or officials who engaged in sexual relationships with students at the school from the 1950s through 2005. School leaders repeatedly failed to report the alleged sexual abuse to police or child welfare officials, the report said.
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