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Four Decades of Sexual Molestation in Elite California Schools

One of California’s most prestigious private boarding schools, The Thacher School, has released an explosive report documenting four decades of alleged sexual misconduct by teachers and staff, including the rape of a 16-year-old student.

The detailed 91-page report was compiled by an outside law firm following a months-long investigation, and was posted on the school’s official website on Wednesday.

The Thacher School is an exclusive $64,000-a-year boarding school, sprawled on 427 acres in Ojai, California, located some 80 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Some notable alumni include aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughes and author Thornton Wilder, who wrote the celebrated play Our Town.

The newly released report lists alleged instances of sexual misconduct by faculty against students spanning 40 years and running the gamut from inappropriate comments and ‘boundary crossing’ behavior, to harassment, groping and rape.

The most serious allegation detailed in the report involves a former English teacher, accused of repeatedly raping a female student in the 1980s, starting when she was just 16 years old. Read more…

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