An internal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school in Connecticut revealed 40 years of abuse, including a dozen former teachers who sexually molested students, USA Today. At least one case of rape and a number of "deeply disturbing experiences" affected two dozen students.
WATCH | A recently released report documents nearly 40 decades of sexual misconduct at Choate.
In a statement, the school said the report was "devastating to read."
"One can only have the greatest sympathy and deepest concern for the survivors. The conduct of these adults violated the foundation of our community: the sacred trust between students and the adults charged with their care."
The investigation sprouted out of allegations stemming from the 1980s as well as a recent article by The Boston Globe describing numerous alleged incidents.
The 48-page report discovered that none of the teachers' questionable actions--including "intimate kissing" and "intimate touching" was reported to police. In certain cases, teachers confronted with evidence of their actions were allowed to resign and given letters of recommendations from administrators.
In a memo accompanying the report, the board offered its "deepest apologies" and said it established a fund to provide therapy for the victims.
"Certain Choate graduates described themselves as having been flattered, at the time, by the attention they received from faculty or staff but told us they later recognized that the conduct had been abusive," the report said. "Other graduates told us of contact that they recognized as abusive at the time, including forced or coerced intercourse, as well as other incidents of unwanted contact that led students to feel betrayed by faculty or staff they had trusted and admired."