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Officials hid years of sex abuse at boarding school - report

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 2:00 AM

NEW HOPE, Pennsylvania (AP):

A grand jury has detailed a half-century of sexual abuse at a private Pennsylvania boarding school but says no charges will be filed.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub says preying on children at the Solebury School in New Hope was like "fishing in a barrel" under previous leaders.

Weintraub says one person still could be prosecuted, but the 27-year-old accuser doesn't want to press charges. The other allegations are too old.

The report describes nine Solebury teachers or officials who engaged in sometimes long-running sexual relationships with students.

Investigators say the school repeatedly failed to report the abuse to authorities.

The school plans to release a statement on the matter.

Solebury charges up to US$55,000 a year for high school boarders and $US39,000 for day students.