Published Online: May 3, 2005
Published in Print: May 4, 2005, as Groton School Pleads Guilty to Failing to Report Abuse Charge

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Groton School Pleads Guilty to Failing to Report Abuse Charge

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The Groton School, a leading college-preparatory school near Boston, pleaded guilty last week to failing to report to state authorities a charge of sexual abuse made by a student.

The board of the 355-student school entered the plea on behalf of the school on the day the school was slated to go to trial over the charge. It will pay a $1,250 fine.

The charge against the school stemmed from a 1999 investigation after the parents of a student told administrators that he was sexually assaulted by two older male students. Another student later came forward with a similar story.

School officials failed to file a mandatory report of suspected abuse with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, as required by state law.

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