Sex Crimes

Elite school working to settle with alumni over sexual abuse

  • John Sweeney, 57, right, weeps as Adrian Hooper Jr. listens during a news conference at the office of Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Boston. Sweeney said he was 12 when he was sexually assaulted by a former assistant headmaster at Fessenden School in Newton, Mass. Adrian Hooper Jr. said he was sexually assaulted by a teacher at Fessenden in the early 1960s when he was 13. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    John Sweeney, 57, right, weeps as Adrian Hooper Jr. listens during a news conference at the office of Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Boston. Sweeney said he was 12 when he was sexually assaulted by a former assistant headmaster at Fessenden School in Newton, Mass. Adrian Hooper Jr. said he was sexually assaulted by a teacher at Fessenden in the early 1960s when he was 13. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • John Sweeney, 57, center, weeps as Adrian Hooper Jr., 64, listens during a news conference at the office of Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, right, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Boston. Sweeney said he was 12 when he was sexually assaulted by a former assistant headmaster at Fessenden School in Newton, Mass. Adrian Hooper Jr. said he was sexually assaulted by a teacher at Fessenden in the early 1960s when he was 13. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    John Sweeney, 57, center, weeps as Adrian Hooper Jr., 64, listens during a news conference at the office of Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, right, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Boston. Sweeney said he was 12 when he was sexually assaulted by a former assistant headmaster at Fessenden School in Newton, Mass. Adrian Hooper Jr. said he was sexually assaulted by a teacher at Fessenden in the early 1960s when he was 13. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • John Sweeney, 57, right, speaks angrily as Adrian Hooper Jr. listens during a news conference at the office of Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Boston. Sweeney said he was 12 when he was sexually assaulted by a former assistant headmaster at Fessenden School in Newton, Mass. Adrian Hooper Jr. said he was sexually assaulted by a teacher at Fessenden in the early 1960s when he was 13. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    John Sweeney, 57, right, speaks angrily as Adrian Hooper Jr. listens during a news conference at the office of Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Boston. Sweeney said he was 12 when he was sexually assaulted by a former assistant headmaster at Fessenden School in Newton, Mass. Adrian Hooper Jr. said he was sexually assaulted by a teacher at Fessenden in the early 1960s when he was 13. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

An email obtained by The Associated Press shows that an elite Rhode Island boarding school where dozens of alumni say they were sexually abused is negotiating possible settlements with lawyers for more than 30 people.

Carmen Durso, an attorney representing people who say they were abused, wrote in the email to clients on Friday that St. George's School in Middletown wants to start individual settlement discussions in June. If agreements can be reached, he said he expects most claims could be resolved by the end of the month.

Durso would not comment in more detail Monday. A school spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

State police are wrapping up an investigation into the allegations, which stretch as far back as decades and as recently as the 2000s. An independent investigator is expected to finish his work next month.

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Lavoie reported from Boston.