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Authorities probe preschool accused of overlooking sex abuse

7 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 April 22, 2019 5:41 AM April 22, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: WJLA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The attorney general of Washington, D.C., and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education are investigating a preschool accused of ignoring signs that a teacher was sexually abusing children.

The Washington Post reported Friday that both offices declined to specify the purpose and scope of their investigations into the Washington Hebrew Congregation school. Several families sued the school last week, saying the abuse happened for more than a year, despite behavior complaints made against the teacher soon after his March 2016 hiring.

The teacher isn't a defendant in the lawsuit, hasn't been criminally charged, and no longer works at the school. School spokeswoman Amy Rotenberg says officials learned of the allegations in August and reported them to District police.

Police say an investigation is ongoing.

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