The top prosecutor for Franklin and Hampshire counties said Tuesday that reports that a retired mathematics teacher at Deerfield Academy, an exclusive prep school in Western Massachusetts, had sexual contact with a student in the 1980s are “deeply disturbing.”
“Deerfield Academy appears to be taking an important first step to independently investigate inappropriate contacts between a former teacher, Peter Hindle, and a student,” said a statement issued by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.
Sullivan said State Police detectives attached to his office can assist any former students who would like to report misconduct by Hindle.
Hindle, 78, of Dartmouth, said Monday that in his view, “it’s all how something is interpreted,” when asked if he had made an admission.
Ian C. Hammon, 41, an alumnus of Deerfield, told the Globe Tuesday that Hindle had massaged his legs in his dorm room in 1988. Hindle did not return a call seeking comment on the statement by Hammon.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.