Connecticut boarding school settles sex abuse lawsuits

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A boarding school in Connecticut has made payouts to settle two lawsuits by former students alleging they were sexually abused by faculty members decades ago.

They are the latest in a series of claims against the 250-student Indian Mountain School in Salisbury over educator misconduct in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Attorney Antonio Ponvert is representing plaintiffs. He said Thursday that the payments are a start to closing “this very sad and very tragic chapter” in his clients’ lives.

The terms of the settlements are confidential.

The school’s attorney said the institution remains committed to preventing a recurrence of the misconduct.

A police report in 1992 detailed faculty misconduct but concluded the statute of limitations had expired. No criminal charges were ever filed.