Choate sexual misconduct investigation turned over to State’s Attorney’s Office
The Danbury News Times reported the move. Choate released a report which named twelve former teachers who were accused of sexual misconduct. DCF was looking into the school’s failure to report incidents.
In a statement from DCF, they said they were working with the Chief State’s Attorney to asses the reporting failure. They said the number and length of time since the incidents made it “more challenging than usual.”
Reporting abuse in a timely manner is critically important to protect the safety and well-being of children, and we take any failure to follow the law very seriously.
The Department also has referred the reports that were received years and in some cases decades after the fact to local law enforcement for their handling of any criminal investigation and possible prosecution of the underlying incidents involving sexual abuse by educators of students at Choate.
Faculty, administrators, and staff are mandated reporters and are required by law to report sexual misconduct within 12 hours, even it’s only suspected. According to the News Times, Choate did not make any reports to the state until 2010.
Failure to report abuse, neglect, or injury can result in either misdemeanor or felony charges. Depending on the seriousness, people convicted of failing to report can result in sentence up to five years.