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Evidence Reveals More Than 20 Students Sexually Assaulted by 5 Former Boarding School Faculty Members at McDonogh School in Maryland
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MD Boarding School Reveals Evidence of Decades-Long Sexually Abuse by Former Faculty Members

OWINGS MILLS, MD – Disturbing revelations have emerged from the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, as the institution discloses evidence of sexual abuse perpetrated by five former faculty members against more than 20 students over several decades. In a letter sent to families, the private boarding school detailed the findings, emphasizing that the allegations do not involve current faculty or students.

Investigation Launched Following Former Student’s Report of Sexual Abuse

The investigation was initiated in 2016 after a former student from the 1980s came forward and informed school officials about his sexual assault experience involving Alvin J. Levy and Robert E. Creed. While Levy faced an indictment on a sexual abuse charge back in 1992, he passed away before his scheduled court appearance. On the other hand, Creed pleaded guilty in 1985 to sexual offense and abuse of a minor but has also since passed.

Scope of Boarding School Abuse and External Investigation

The McDonogh School promptly notified law enforcement and engaged the services of an external investigative firm. The comprehensive inquiry uncovered evidence suggesting that Levy and Creed may have sexually assaulted 19 male students over a span of four decades. Additionally, the investigation revealed that three other former faculty members may have abused five female students during the 1970s and 1980s. The letter refrained from disclosing the identities of these faculty members but confirmed that the police had been informed.

Prosecution Challenges and Victim Support

County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger acknowledged that all the victims have been contacted. While one of the former female students expressed willingness to testify in court regarding the sexual abuse she endured, Shellenberger explained that the evidence required to build a case was lacking due to the incident dating back to the 1980s when state law necessitated either forced encounters or younger victims.

School’s Failure to Act After Multiple Reports of Faculty Abusing Students

The investigation also exposed the fact that some of the allegations had previously been reported to boarding school officials, who failed to take appropriate action. Expressing remorse, Head of School David Farace issued an apology in the letter, acknowledging the school’s failure to respond adequately to the reported incidents.

Seeking Justice and Compensation for Boarding School Sex Abuse Victims

In light of the past allegations surrounding the McDonogh School’s former faculty members, the pursuit of justice for boarding school sex abuse victims becomes paramount. We sat down with Maryland-based sexual abuse lawyer, Aaron Blank, Esq. to learn more about the available legal options for victims and their families. Attorney Blank provided valuable information regarding filing civil lawsuits against liable parties, particularly boarding schools, offering guidance on seeking accountability, gathering evidence, understanding liabilities, and pursuing compensation.

Laurence Banville (LB): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Blank. Given your experience handling cases related to school sexual abuse, what steps can victims and their families take when considering a civil case against liable parties such as boarding schools?

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Thank you for having me, Laurence. It’s necessary for victims and their families to be aware of their legal rights and the options available to seek justice in the event of boarding school abuse. In cases of school sex abuse, pursuing a civil lawsuit can be an important step toward holding accountable those responsible for the traumatic experiences endured by victims.

LB: What are some of the key elements that victims and their families should be aware of when considering filing a civil lawsuit?

AB: First and foremost, it’s essential to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in the field of sexual abuse. They can guide victims and their families through the legal process, ensuring their rights are protected. It’s important to gather as much evidence as possible, including any documentation, witness testimonies, or medical records that support the claims of abuse. Additionally, statutes of limitations vary by state, so victims should promptly seek legal advice to understand the timeframe within which they can file a lawsuit.

LB: Can you elaborate on the role of boarding schools and their potential liability in cases of sexual abuse?

AB: Boarding schools, like any institution responsible for the care and well-being of students, have a duty to provide a safe environment. When they fail to prevent or appropriately respond to reports of sexual abuse, they may be held liable. This includes situations where the school had prior knowledge of abuse allegations but failed to take appropriate action. It’s important to thoroughly investigate the school’s policies, procedures, and any history of misconduct when building a case.

LB: What kind of compensation can victims and their families seek through a civil case?

AB: In a successful civil case, victims and their families may be eligible for various types of compensation. This can include financial damages to cover medical expenses, therapy costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress endured as a result of the abuse. Every case is unique, and the compensation awarded will depend on the specific circumstances and the impact of the abuse on the victim’s life.

LB: Thank you, Mr. Blank, for sharing your insights on this important matter. Is there anything more you would like to share with school sex abuse victims and their families?

AB: Victims and their families need to remember that they are not alone in their pursuit of justice. By seeking legal representation and coming forward with their stories, they empower themselves and contribute to the larger movement against sexual abuse. It’s essential to prioritize their healing and well-being throughout the legal process.

Were You Sexually Abused at a MD Boarding School? – Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been a victim of school sex abuse and are seeking justice, we are here to support you. Our experienced legal team understands the sensitivity and complexity of these cases, and we are committed to fighting for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation, where we can discuss your situation, provide guidance on your legal options, and offer compassionate support throughout the process. Remember, you are not alone – take the first step towards justice and healing by reaching out to us today.

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