In 2004 an alumnus revealed to Deerfield's then headmaster Eric Widmer that he had been sexual abused in the Winter of 1983 by faculty member Peter Hindle. Widmer responded sympathetically but did not press for details. Years later the abuse victim decided to follow up, this time with headmaster Margarita Curtis, who he says "displayed clear moral authority and offered unconditional support from the start." After an investigation by the school's lawyers confirmed the allegations, in late March 2013 the school released the results concluding that two former faculty members had engaged in multiple sexual contacts with students: Peter Hindle who taught at the school from 1956 to his 2000 retirement, and Bryce Lambert who retired in 1990, now deceased. The school stripped Hindle's name from an endowed mathematics tecahing chair and a school squash court, and barred him from campus events. A subsequent criminal investigation by the District Attorney's office revealed that at least four teachers, three deceased and one still alive, had engaged in sexual conduct considered "criminal in nature" with students extending back into the 1950's. Their deaths, and the statute of limitations, precluded pursing criminal charges.
The cumulative effect was to create a "law free zone" according to the former Chief Prosecutor at Guantánamo, where civilian politicians forced the military to use torture "against our will and judgment."
and, according to a report by Seymour Hersh, sodomizing children in front of their parents.
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