Deerfield Academy concludes ‘no question’ that former teacher Peter Hindle engaged in sexual activity with student during 1980s
DEERFIELD (AP) — Officials at a prestigious New England private school say their investigation into a former student’s recent allegation of sexual contact in the 1980s by a popular math teacher leaves “no question” that the former teacher engaged in sexual activity with the student.
Deerfield Academy posted its findings on its website Saturday, apologizing to the ex-student and saying the school administration in the 1980s and early 2000s should have been more aggressive in looking into allegations of inappropriate behavior by a teacher.
The ex-teacher, 78-year-old Peter Hindle, said Saturday he would have no comment. He previously said he had given several students back rubs over the years.
Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said he will investigate whether any crimes were committed and whether the statute of limitations precludes bringing any charges.
In a statement issued Saturday, Sullivan said, “We commend Deerfield Academy’s public apology to victims and commitment to take all necessary steps in preventing any future child abuse.
“We hope this investigative report and candid acknowledgement of responsibility by Deerfield Academy helps these victims of abuse fully heal. The courage of these and other victims to come forward in reporting abuse is critical to ending child sexual abuse and holding offenders and institutions accountable.
“No matter what decade or era, it has never been excusable for Deerfield Academy, or any other school, church, or youth organization to turn a blind eye to signs and reports of child sexual abuse. It is essential that all victims of sexual and physical abuse be supported in reporting their abuse and seeking justice.
“Our district attorney’s office is ready to help any victims of abuse at Deerfield Academy access our victim services and seek justice,” Sullivan said.