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

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

The accusers are calling for an independent investigation.

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

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