Five months after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced at the Landmark School in Beverly, the private school disclosed Thursday that five more graduates have lodged sexual molestation complaints against two former teachers and a former staff member.
In a statement posted on the school’s website and e-mailed to more than 4,000 graduates and parents, headmaster Robert J. Broudo said the alleged abuse occurred in the 1970s and 1980s and that the three former employees had long since left the school. Broudo also said there have been no further allegations against a former dean, Howard Kasper, since two graduates told the Globe in July that Kasper had groped them when they were students at the boarding school.
In an accompanying report from the school’s board of trustees, the school acknowledged that the fresh allegations involve two former teachers for whom the school had already settled past sexual abuse lawsuits involving other victims, one in 2005 and the other in 1991. It said that Landmark has reported the allegations to law enforcement.
In both lawsuits, the report said, the courts had impounded the files, meaning there is no public evidence of the existence of the lawsuits. In at least one case, in 2005, according to an impounded file the Globe obtained, Broudo himself beseeched the court to seal the records, arguing that public notice about the allegations would cause “irreparable harm’’ to the school’s reputation, endanger its ability to attract students, and even threaten the school’s very survival.
The trustee report also noted that the Globe is involved in ongoing litigation seeking access to the impounded lawsuit involving the other former teacher, who has now been accused by two more graduates.
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