Judge: Georgia boarding school sex abuse suit can go forward
ROME, Ga. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit can move forward against a Georgia boarding school and a former teacher accused of sexually abusing students there decades ago.
News outlets report Judge Adele Grubbs rejected the Darlington School’s request to dismiss a suit filed by 17 former students who say they were molested by Roger Stifflemire during the 1970s and 1980s. She says the statute of limitations hasn’t expired, citing a law allowing some victims of childhood abuse to file lawsuits decades later.
The judge did rule last week that about half the former students failed to meet a deadline, though she says they can pursue other claims, including that the school ignored reports and tried to cover them up.
Stifflemire is now retired and denies the accusations. Darlington has launched its own investigation.