An alumnus of the Gow School says he was sexually abused as a student and is accusing administrators of negligence.
Aaron Worby attended the school from 1993 to 1995 and says he now suffers from generalized stress disorder.
"I was put on medication for depression and anxiety and stress," said Worby.
Worby says he was raped by an English teacher at the school. The school commissioned an independent report which was released in March 2020.
It showed there were complaints by two other students against the same teacher.
"In 2014 he became a drug and alcohol counselor to treat inpatient boarded up teenage drug addicts," said Worby. "In my opinion, this is a predator. This is a very dangerous person."
Worby is one of three people represented by attorney Robert Greenstein.
He says up until New York State enacted legislation several years ago that would require private schools to report accused teachers, they were difficult to keep track of. Greenstein says these alleged abusers took advantage of that system.
"The truth is it is still happening today in different schools. And of course the persistent response of the schools is to protect their reputation as opposed to the victim," said Greenstein.
The suit claims the Gow School was negligent and failed to protect children following complaints about two staffers.
"I reported to the Gow School prior to the Child Victims Act," adds Worby. "My intention was recovery, was reporting Tom Simmeth, and letting the Gow School know they had a problem."