Sexual abuse allegations at R.I. prep school hushed for decades by administration

–Stew Milne / The Boston Globe

After years of keeping silent and refuting claims, a Rhode Island prep school is acknowledging and investigating a number of sexual assault accusations that date back decades, according to a Boston Globe report.

St. George’s School, which is situated on a small campus in Middletown, is under fire for mishandling sexual assault allegations from the 1970s and 1980s against former athletic trainer Tony Gibbs, now deceased, and other faculty members whose names have not been released. Some are saying that when they came forward years ago, the school urged them to remain silent or intimidated them, causing lawsuits to be dropped, the Globe reported.

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The former headmaster, Tony Zane, now 85, said he fired the athletic trainer following accusations, but never reported the abuse to authorities outside of the school — which is required by law when minors are involved, according to the Globe.

The school’s new headmaster, Eric Peterson, sent a letter in November that acknowledged the abuse by Gibbs as well as other faculty members, and announced the school will start a fund to cover counseling costs and arrange support meetings for victims, the Globe reported. For some accusers, that’s not enough — they want to see Zane held accountable for his complacent role in their abuse.

Read the full Globe report here.

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