The Connecticut Law Tribune and Law.com (subscription) recently published an overview of the lawyers prosecuting and defending claims in the suit accusing the Hotchkiss School of breach of fiduciary duty for allegedly taking no action to protect boys allegedly sexually abused at the school decades ago. In late July 2019, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden for the second time rejected a request by the attorneys representing the Hotchkiss School to dismiss the sexual abuse lawsuit against the prestigious college preparatory institution, ruling in favor of the plaintiff that a jury trial should take place.
As the publication notes, the 2015 lawsuit “was filed on behalf of a former student identified with the pseudonym John Doe, who alleges then-English teacher Roy Smith sexually assaulted him for years at the school, beginning when the student was 14 years old. Smith has since died, but Doe alleges the school had a duty to protect its student.”
In October 2018, a second former Hotchkiss student filed a lawsuit alleging that Smith had drugged and sexually assaulted him, following a period of blatant grooming during which Smith inappropriately touched the 15-year-old student even as Smith was the subject of other complaints about sexual abuse of children. That case is pending.
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