Independent investigation reveals physical and sexual abuse at school
A sweeping investigation has uncovered dozens of credible allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford from the late 1950s through the 1980s, including an allegation against a longtime executive director.
The exhaustive review by the school of the claims of more than 80 alumni, witnesses and former faculty or staff corroborated dozens of accounts of sexual abuse of minors, additional physical abuse against young students and persistent, humiliating corporal punishment spanning 30 years.
The investigation's findings, released late Friday afternoon, accuse nine former faculty and staff of perpetrating the abuse, including one longtime executive director of the school accused of grooming and sexually abusing a teenage girl in the early 1960s.
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