Elite private school allowed sex abuse for decades, grand jury finds
By Tony Rhodin, lehighvalleylive.com, February 1, 2017
Students were sexually abused over more than 50 years at a small private school in Bucks County, and although administrators knew of the crimes, they weren't reported to authorities, a county grand jury report says.
Most of the acts are past the statute of limitations so charges can't be brought, and the one case that could be prosecuted won't be at the request of the victim, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office said in a news release Wednesday.
Solebury School, a seventh- through 12th-grade day and boarding school just north of New Hope, has made changes since the current administration became aware in recent years of the abuse, but the grand jury suggested . . .
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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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