Dozens of alums from elite boarding school come forward with tales of sexual abuse

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40 Rhode Island Boarding School Alumni Say They Were Sexually Abused

More than 40 Rhode Island boarding school alumni are speaking out, demanding justice for a string of alleged sexual assaults by staff and peers going back into the 1970s.

Two lawyers representing former students of the elite St. George's School, which counts the likes of former presidential candidate Howard Dean and "Modern Family" actress Julie Bowen in its alumni, claim there has been a cover up for years at the school.

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"I have never run across anything like this," Eric MacLeish, one of the lawyers in the case and a St. George's alum, told People Magazine.

"Officials were not reporting claims from students but instead, imposing gag orders on those victims," MacLeish added. "There are prosecutable crimes that occurred here and I expect more victims will be coming forward."

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The school issued its own report on the matter recently, saying it investigated the incidents and found there were 26 victims in the 1970s and 1980s, but "the school could have done more to keep its students safe." Other reports have questioned if the school acknowledged the incidents at the time or did anything about them.

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In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo buildings at St. George's School rest on top of a hill in Middletown, R.I. The exclusive New England boarding school, whose alumni include Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes, has been rocked by a sex abuse scandal. Dozens of former students say they were raped or molested by employees or schoolmates over the past four decades. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo a sign rests at an entrance to St. George's School in Middletown, R.I. The exclusive New England boarding school, whose alumni include Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes, has been rocked by a sex abuse scandal. Dozens of former students say they were raped or molested by employees or schoolmates over the past four decades. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo a car departs an entrance to St. George's School in Middletown, R.I. The exclusive New England boarding school, whose alumni include Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes, has been rocked by a sex abuse scandal. Dozens of former students say they were raped or molested by employees or schoolmates over the past four decades. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo a sign rests near a stone wall near the edge of the campus belonging to St. George's School, in Middletown, R.I. The exclusive New England boarding school, whose alumni include Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes, has been rocked by a sex abuse scandal. Dozens of former students say they were raped or molested by employees or schoolmates over the past four decades. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Harry Groome, of Arlington, Mass., third from right, a former student at St. George's School from 1978-1982, speaks to members of the media while sitting with attorneys, Carmen Durso, fifth from right, and Eric MacLeish, fourth from right, and former students from the school, right and second from right, during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students who say they were sexually abused at the prestigious Rhode Island boarding school are calling for an independent investigation into the abuse. Groome claims he was raped at age 14 by a fellow student. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., left, who attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, is tearful while facing reporters as Harry Groome, of Arlington, Mass., right, who attended the school from 1978-1982, looks on during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Lovkay claims she was sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer, while Groome claims he was raped at age 14 by a fellow student. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., left, is tearful while facing reporters, as Anne Scott, of Charlottesville, Va., right, looks on during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Scott and Lovkay, who both attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, claim they were sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Anne Scott, of Charlottesville, Va., right, and Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., behind left, who both attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, face reporters during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Scott and Lovkay claim they were sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Anne Scott, of Charlottesville, Va., center, and Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., right, who both attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, face reporters during a news conference as attorney Eric MacLeish, left, looks on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Scott and Lovkay claim they were sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., center right, who attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, hugs a former classmate, left, following a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Lovkay claims she was sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., right, who attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, hugs a former classmate, following a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Lovkay claims she was sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., who attended St. George's School from 1977-1980, is tearful while facing reporters during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Lovkay claims she was sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Harry Groome, of Arlington, Mass., center right, who attended St. George's School from 1978-1982, hugs a former classmate, center left, as Katie Wales Lovkay, of Granby, Conn., left, who attended the school from 1977-1980, looks on following a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Boston. Former students of the prestigious boarding school in Middletown, R.I., are calling for an independent investigation into sexual abuse that they say spanned three decades and involved at least seven former staff members. Lovkay claims she was sexually assaulted by the school's now deceased athletic trainer, while Groome claims he was raped at age 14 by a fellow student. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - OCTOBER 21: Anne Scott, photographed in the Cambridge office of her lawyer, Eric MacLeish. Anne Scott entered St. Georges School as a 10th-grader in 1977, just a few years after the prestigious prep school first admitted girls at its campus in Middletown, R.I. She was a good student, and a three-sport athlete, from the suburbs of Wilmington, Del. But a month after she arrived, a field hockey injury brought her into the orbit of the schools longtime athletic trainer. He molested and raped her, and threatened to come after her if she told anyone. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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The accusers are calling for an independent investigation.

There is no statute of limitations for rape in Rhode Island. ​

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