Ex-head of prestigious Dalton School accused of abuse in 80s
The former head of New York’s prestigious Dalton School was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who lived with him and his wife while attending the school in the 1980s.
The suit filed in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, accused Gardner Dunnan of molesting the girl in the fall of 1986. The woman, identified in the lawsuit by her initials, claimed the abuse occurred at Dunnan’s homes in New York and New Jersey.
Dunnan “repeatedly touched J.S. without her consent, fondling her breasts, sticking his tongue in her mouth, disrobing and groping her, laying on top of her, and thrusting his genitals against her,” the lawsuit alleged.
The suit contends Dalton “knew or should have known that Dunnan engaged in acts of inappropriate, abusive, and/or harmful behavior toward individuals over whom he had power or control.”
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