‘Disgusted’ DA says Nichols incidents occurred ‘too long ago’ for charges

Jan 6, 2018 | Uncategorized

An investigator’s report that details allegations of improper conduct against 10 former teachers at Nichols School has landed on the desk of the Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn,  who says he was “disgusted” by what he read on the 85 pages.

But Flynn said he does not think he can bring criminal charges because the alleged sexual misconduct occurred too long ago and one of the alleged perpetrators is dead.

“My reaction is total disgust over what happened at Nichols in the past, but it appears that the current people in charge of Nichols are taking the right approach to address it,” he said. “And all of the incidents I am aware of happened too long ago to be prosecuted under the state’s statute of limitations. If this report causes other people to come forward about more recent events, we would absolutely take a close look at it.”

Nichols made its report public Friday, hours after The Buffalo News published an interview with former Nichols student Elizabeth Russ Mohr, who revealed that she had a romantic and sexual affair with her physics teacher at Nichols in the early 1990s.

While Mohr, who was 17 at the time of the affair, said it was consensual, she said she felt the teacher manipulated and took advantage of her. Mohr’s complained last year to Nichols officials, who then  hired the Washington law firm of Crowell & Moring to investigate the school’s handling of such incidents in years past.

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