Sex Crimes

2 ex-Choate Rosemary Hall headmasters resign trustee posts amid sexual abuse claims

Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.

Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.

Two former Choate Rosemary Hall headmasters have resigned as honorary trustees amid the sex abuse scandal at the prestigious Connecticut boarding school.

Charles Dey and Edward Shanahan tendered their resignations as life trustees last week after a scathing report alleged teachers had sexually abused students between 1963 and 2010.

Dey resigned from his position Thursday, according to a Choate spokeswoman. He led the Wallingford private school from 1973 to 1991. Shanahan resigned Friday. He was headmaster from 1991 to 2011.

All former Choate headmasters receive the life trustee designation, spokeswoman Lorraine Connelly said.

"We thank Mr. Dey and Mr. Shanahan for their contributions to the school and we believe their resignations are important steps in our community's healing process," she said.

Famous alumni of the Wallingford school include John F. Kennedy, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close and Ivanka Trump.

School officials and the report said Choate officials didn't notify police, state child welfare officials or other schools of the allegations.

State officials have said they're assessing the failure of Choate employees to report abuse in a timely manner as required under Connecticut law.

Wallingford Police Chief William Wright said the statute of limitations for each case expired and no criminal charges can be filed.

This past week, two more graduates came forward accusing additional faculty members not listed in the school’s report, but the statute of limitations expired in those cases, Fox 61 Connecticut reported.

The report said the alleged sexual misconduct included "intimate kissing," ''sexual intercourse" and "forced or coerced intercourse."

The school issued an apology.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.