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January 12, 2013

More abuse allegations come to light at Landmark School

Landmark: More abuse allegations surface

BEVERLY — As a result of more alumni stepping forward, reports of sexual abuse at the Landmark School, a boarding school specializing in language-based disabilities in Beverly, continue to mount.

Three more former Landmark employees now face allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, according to a report by the school’s board of trustees and an open letter from headmaster Robert Broudo, both issued Thursday.

The latest allegations stem from an investigation the school launched last summer after two alumni accused a former staff member of groping them in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

That former Landmark employee, Howard J. Kasper, was working in the Rockport public schools last year and was placed on indefinite administrative leave by Rockport before the start of this school year.

In his letter to the Landmark community, Broudo writes that school officials contacted more than 4,000 parents, alumni and previous faculty members in two separate letters about sexual allegations.

According to the report, two former Landmark students recently told school officials they were inappropriately touched by a former food services employee who worked at the school from 1971 to 1985.

Another former student said he was abused in the early 1970s in a school dormitory and at the teacher’s home in Maine.

The report said allegations were made by 11 former students, in new and past cases, against six former employees at the school, but no allegations have risen against current employees. The charges range from verbal sexual harassment to sexual abuse.

The report by the Landmark trustees does not include the names of alumni who have brought charges or any of the accused employees.

The report states there are no new allegations toward Kasper.

However, David Breed, one of the two Landmark School alumni who first reported Kasper in July 2012, told the Times on Friday there are others who have alleged sexual misconduct and assault by Kasper in the past but have not contacted the school.

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