MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — An elite Rhode Island boarding school already embroiled in a sexual-abuse scandal says an administrator has been placed on leave over allegations concerning his conduct as a dorm parent in the 1990s.
St. George’s School says in a letter sent to alumni Wednesday associate head for external affairs Bob Weston was placed on leave in January pending the outcome of an independent investigation.
The Middletown school says it received “secondhand allegations” regarding Weston’s “boundaries with students.”
Weston’s lawyer Paul Kelly says his client did nothing wrong and that that the allegations stem from a disgruntled former employee. He says no student ever accused Weston of wrongdoing.
Kelly released the following statement Thursday on behalf of his client:
As regards the issue that has been raised, the apparent source is a former faculty member who was terminated by St. George’s School and who has a history of confrontation and criticism towards Mr. Weston, towards the Head of School, Eric Peterson, and towards the school itself. There is a significant issue concerning the credibility of the claim that has been advanced, and there has been no allegation or suggestion of any inappropriate conduct by Mr. Weston from any student or other St. George’s employee (past or present). Mr. Weston has been a respected administrator and member of the St. George’s School community for 26 years. He served as a dorm parent at the school for 16 years – – without a single student complaint or expression of concern. We fully expect that the hearsay allegation raised will be found to be without merit.”
A school spokesman contacted Wednesday evening said due to the late hour there’d be no further comment.
Dozens of former students have come forward alleging abuse dating to the 1970s.