Key School Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Sauder Schelkopf is investigating potential lawsuits against Key School of Annapolis, Maryland on behalf of former students who were victims of sexual misconduct while attending the school. The Capital Gazette reported that “[o]ne month after Annapolis’ Key School released a scathing report that described 20 years of abuse of students by teachers, Maryland delegates are considering a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims to file civil claims. The legislation would provide survivors a pathway to justice” said an individual who said she experienced abuse as a student at Key School.  According to the article, an “[i]ndependent investigators retained by the exclusive private school discovered 10 adults in positions of power sexually abused students in the 1970s, 1980s and early-1990s.”  The Report states the “School’s response (or lack thereof) to their misconduct spans decades, including not just a failure to intervene at the time of the abuse, but a decision in 1993 to host a memorial service [for] one of the main perpetrators of the misconduct, who one witness estimates abused as many as 25 students.”  The Report continues, “in the course of this investigation 57 witnesses — including former students and current and former teachers, administrators, and Board members — have come forward with information concerning sexual abuse in the 1970s as well as occurrences in the 1980s and 1990s. Former students have described the abuse they suffered and its lasting effect on them; former and current faculty members and administrators have described their heartbreak and regret at not doing something, or something more, at the time of the abuse; and additional alumni and faculty members have come forward to express their support for their former classmates and students and the hope that the School will acknowledge this history and ensure that it never repeats itself.”

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