Bronx D.A. finds ‘systemic pattern’ of abuse at Horace Mann but cannot prosecute

Horace Mann
Horace Mann

Bronx prosecutors revealed today that an investigation found a “systemic pattern” of alleged sexual abuse at the Horace Mann School, including 12 different alleged abusers, but that they could not prosecute.

After a New York Times article last summer detailed allegations of decades of abuse at the Bronx private school, the City Council asked the Bronx District Attorney to investigate.

The D.A. set up a hotline, staffed by their Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureau, where victims could call. About 30 people phoned in during about a 10-month period, according to the D.A.’s office.

During the investigation, officials conducted 60 interviews, 25 with victims of alleged abuse. Some of the interviewees lived outside New York, in states including California and Colorado.

Prosecutors, along with cops who helped with interviews, found a “systemic pattern of alleged abuse beyond what was outlined” in the article.

The alleged actions ranged from what some might characterize as inappropriate behavior, officials said, to sexual intercourse and criminal sexual acts.

The earliest reported incident was 1962, and most incidences happened in the 70s, prosecutors said. But the alleged abuse continued into the 1990s, with the last reported case in 1996.

But prosecutors said they cannot prosecute any of the cases, citing various reasons including the statue of limitations having already passed.

The office expressed frustration with the limits of the law, noting that all school officials are required to report suspected abuse by a parent or other legal guardian, but they are not required to report abuse by other employees.

Another apparent prosecution loophole they mentioned is a law addressing child abuse in an “educational setting,” but which does not apply to private schools, prosecutors said.

The district attorney’s office said they will push for this to be broadened to include child abuse committed by anyone employed by a school, on school property or a school-sponsored event.

The report notes that some cases of abuse might have come to the attention of school officials without cops ever being called.

“This certainly highlights an alarming gap in New York State’s mandatory reporting laws,” according to the D.A.’s’ report.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Metro announces Earth Day New York partnership for…

Metro is pleased to announce we are once again the media partner of Earth Day New York for 2014.

International

Putin fields question from NSA fugitive Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of intelligence eavesdropping, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on Thursday during…

Local

Cops release sketch of Madison Avenue jewelry robbery…

Authorities continue to look for a man suspected in a $54,000 jewelry heist at a Madison Avenue store from from last week.

National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

Television

Way to go, guys: 'Game of Thrones' broke…

Proving that not everyone has parents who subscribe to HBO and are generous with their HBO Go logins, the latest episode of "Game of Thrones"…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

Movies

Interview: 'Fading Gigolo' director John Turturro talks about…

John Turturro discusses his new film "Fading Gigolo," how to get Woody Allen to wear more than khakis and the far-off "Barton Fink" sequel.

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

NBA

Nets-Raptors first round NBA playoffs schedule, TV, times

The Nets tanked their way to the No. 6 seed over the course of the final few games of the season.

NBA

Knicks wrap up season with win over Raptors

The Knicks wrapped up their season as it began — undermanned — but that still didn’t deter them from ending it the right way.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.

Parenting

Star-studded summer camps

Give your child the star treatment this summer with a celebrity-endorsed camp.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.