Ex-prep school students call for outside probe of sex abuse

BOSTON (AP) — Former students who say they were sexually abused at a prestigious Rhode Island boarding school are holding a news conference in Boston to call for an independent investigation into the abuse.

St. George’s School in Middletown announced last month that it found 26 students were sexually abused by six school employees in the 1970s and 1980s. It acknowledged it did not report abusers to authorities at the time.

Lawyers for some of the victims say their own investigation found 16 additional victims. They say they also identified an additional staff member who abused children and seven ex-students who abused others.

They say they plan to release more information during Tuesday’s news conference.

About 400 students attend the private high school, with tuition of $56,000 per year.

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