Conn. Boarding School Sued Over Molester Dean

Kids at man's apartment at 'all hours': lawyer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 21, 2009 7:21 AM CDT
The school house of The Gunnery school is seen here in Washington, Conn., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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(Newser) – A Connecticut boarding school has been hit with two lawsuits over a former dean’s alleged sexual abuse of students he is charged with having as "overnight guests" in his apartment, the Danbury News-Times reports. The now-fired dean at The Gunnery School was charged Aug. 5 with sexual assault, but the school itself is the target of the lawsuits. The same day Reinhardt was criminally charged, the News-Times reported the largest gift in the prep school's history, $7 million from the Tisch family, owners of the Loew's Corp.

The latest of the two lawsuits claims that a boy was abused some eight times by Robert Reinhardt between 2006 and 2008. “Children were coming and going in and out of his apartment all hours of the night,” said the lawyer who filed it. “When you take custody as they have of children, the fiduciary responsibility by the school is to make sure those children are protected.” Jonathan Tisch, Loew's president and CEO of Loew's Hotels, and his brother Steve graduated from the Gunnery; the school already has a Tisch Library.