Rhode Island police investigate decades-old sex abuse allegations at St. George's prep school

Police are investigating decades-old sexual abuse allegations at a prestigious Rhode Island boarding school.

The Newport Daily News (http://bit.ly/1hsJ3Zv ) reports that St. George's School notified state police of allegations against former employees that date to the 1970s and 1980s. Police declined to comment on the scope or subjects of the investigation.

The Boston Globe first reported this week on a former student's effort to make the school accountable for what she said was abuse by an athletic trainer who left the school in 1980 and has since died.

School administrators sent letters in April, August and November informing alumni they were investigating old allegations against the trainer and two others.

The $56,000-a-year Newport school has educated many famous names. Alumni include Prescott Bush, a senator and the father and grandfather of the former presidents Bush.