DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan released a statement Saturday night on the investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct of a teacher at Deerfield Academy.
The school says that a former male student told them that he was sexually abused by Peter Hindle, who taught at the school in the 1980's.
Deerfield Academy posted a message on their website apologizing to the victims.
District Attorney David Sullivan also released a statement that reads:
"We appreciate the investigation conducted by Deerfield Academy into the allegations of past abuse by faculty members. We commend Deerfield Academy's apology public apology to victims and commitment to take all necessary steps in preventing any future child abuse."
"We hope this investigative report and candid acknowledgement of responsibility by Deerfield Academy helps these victims of abuse fully heal. The courage of these and other victims to come forward in reporting abuse is critical to ending child sexual abuse and holding offenders and institutions accountable."
"No matter what decade or era, it has never been excusable for Deerfield Academy, or any other school, church, or youth organization to turn a blind eye to signs and reports of child sexual abuse. It is essential that all victims of sexual and physical abuse be supported in reporting their abuse and seeking justice."
"Our District Attorney's office is ready to help any victims of abuse at Deerfield Academy access our victim services and seek justice. We intend to independently investigate whether these abuse allegations were criminal in nature and, if so, whether or not the statute of limitations or other factors would preclude criminal prosecution."
"It is timely that the Deerfield Academy report marks the start of National Child Abuse Awareness Month. As our District Attorney Office and child advocacy groups around the country raise flags in April for child abuse awareness, it is important to remember these victims and thousands of others who suffer in silence at the hands of trusted adults. Ending child abuse takes more than a village, it take a nation of caring and committed citizens."