Rocky Hill School investigating accusations of abuse by former faculty member

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Allegations of rape and sexual abuse have surfaced at Rocky Hill School in Warwick.

Three female former students have come forward with allegations that date back to the 1970’s. One of the alums said a former faculty member kissed her and another said the same man used inappropriate and sexualized language toward her. A third former student reported she had been raped by that same faculty member on campus.

The head of the school, Dr. James Tracy, told Eyewitness News on Wednesday they contacted Warwick Police right after the allegations were made.

“We are shocked and horrified and deeply saddened and our individual and collective hearts are broken for anyone who has suffered such abuse,” said Tracy.

According to Tracy, the school told the former faculty member that he was to cut all ties with the school. At this time, the name of the alleged attacker is not being released.

Tracy said the man was a faculty member and administrator at the school – who had direct contact with students.

The school has emphasized the fact these alleged incidents took place several decades ago, and the accused faculty member is no longer employed by Rocky Hill.

Tracy said changes have already been made at the school. Every year, all employees will get training on how to look for and prevent abuse.

“And we’re bringing in outside professionals to train children in how to be self-advocating for their needs and their comfort levels and their safety,” he said.

Tracy said the internal investigation will continue – and they are encouraging anyone else who may have been a victim to come forward. Warwick police are also investigating.

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