12 women file sex abuse lawsuit against New York School for the Deaf in White Plains

Twelve women say in a lawsuit that they were sexually abused as children while attending a prestigious school for the hearing impaired.

Posted: Oct 18, 2019 11:09 AM
Updated: Oct 18, 2019 11:20 AM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Twelve women say in a lawsuit that they were sexually abused as children while attending a prestigious school for the hearing impaired.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday against the New York School for the Deaf.

It alleges that a now-deceased man who worked as a dormitory housemaster molested multiple girls on a daily basis.

The lawsuit was filed under the state's Child Victims Act, which extended the statute of limitations for lawsuits regarding child sexual abuse.

A lawyer for the school in White Plains, also known as Fanwood, said the claims involve conduct that allegedly occurred about 50 years ago.

The lawyer, Steve Straus, emphasized the school's mission of helping deaf and hearing-impaired children achieve "lifelong success." He declined further comment.

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