Settlement being announced in Deerfield Academy sex abuse case

Road to Recovery, Inc. said the settlement is in the six-figure range.

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Deerfield Academy has settled a lawsuit after a former teacher was accused of sexually abusing a student in 1979.

The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of the then 14-year-old, and Deerfield Academy student, against former math teacher Peter Hindle, who retired in 2000.

Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse, said the settlement is in the six-figure range. The group plans to hold a news conference outside Deerfield Academy at noon Wednesday, August 3rd.

Below is a statement from Road to Recovery regarding the accusations:

Deerfield Academy has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a former student of Deerfield Academy, “John Doe,” for six figures.

When “John Doe” was approximately 14 years of age and a residential student at Deerfield Academy from approximately 1979-1981, mathematics teacher, Peter Hindle, who resided on the campus of Deerfield Academy during the time “John Doe” was a student and minor child at Deerfield Academy, invited “John Doe” to his campus residence in approximately 1979 and engaged in explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct with “John Doe.”

Math teacher, Peter Hindle, then told “John Doe” not to tell anyone about the sexual abuse he experienced in the campus residence of teacher Peter Hindle.  As a result of the sexual abuse by teacher Peter Hindle, “John Doe” has suffered greatly as a result of the sexual abuse by Peter Hindle.”

Deerfield Academy has not released any statement on the matter.

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