Moses Brown School investigation finds sexual misconduct involving former teachers

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- An investigation by the Moses Brown School into allegations of sexual misconduct has found five former teachers to have had inappropriate contact with students, according to a letter and documents released by the school today.

The letter from the head of the school, Matt Glendinning, states that an investigation was launched in January 2019 after a former student accused a former teacher of sexual misconduct while enrolled at the school in the 1960s.

The school hired T & M Protection Resources to investigate the student’s claims.  That investigation “verified portions of the original complaint and corroborated allegations of misconduct against four other former employees,” Glendinning said in the letter.

The investigation began with incidents in the 1950s and continued through the early 2000s.

The findings name only one former teacher, now deceased, as being involved in the original complaint that launched the investigation.

“After considerable discernment,” Glendinning wrote, “we have decided not to name four of the alleged perpetrators due to an overarching concern for protecting survivors’ identity and honoring T&M’s promise of confidentiality”

A summary statement named Basil Meserve as having “inappropriate physical touching and other boundary-crossing behavior with at least nine Moses Brown students between the ages of 13 and 19 in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.”

The rest of the statement refers to accused teachers only by letters:

-Employee A: In the 1960s, ” engaged in sexual misconduct, inappropriate physical touching and other boundary-crossing behavior with at least three Moses Brown students between the ages of 13 and 17.”

– Employee B:  In the 1970s and 1980s,  “engaged in sexual misconduct with a Moses Brown student for several years from the time the student was 16 years old until after the student’s graduation from the school.”

-Employee C: “engaged in sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old Moses Brown student on one
occasion in the 1970s.”

– Employee D: “terminated in the early 2000s after the Head of School at the time learned that the employee had engaged in sexual misconduct with a student.”

According to the statement, Employee D’s behavior was not reported to the authorities because the student was above the age of consent.

The school is urging others who may have been victims of sexual misconduct to come forward, and has provided an email specifically for claims: mosesbrown@tmprotection.com.

 

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