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New Name Surfaces In St. George's Investigation

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Rhode Island Public Radio has confirmed the name of another teacher at St. George’s School who has been accused of sexual abuse. The teacher is referenc...

Rhode Island Public Radio has confirmed the name of another teacher at St. George’s School who has been accused of sexual abuse.

The teacher is referenced as "Employee Perpetrator #5" in the school’s recent investigation. Rhode Island Public Radio believes the teacher in question is Timothy Tefft, who worked at St. George's for just a few months in 1971.

Tefft was let go from St. George's for providing alcohol to students, according to the school's report. The school learned of the allegation of sexual abuse during its recent investigation and reported it to state police.

After he was fired by St. George's, Tefft taught at the Brunswick School, an all-boys school in Greenwich, Connecticut, in the 1970s and 80s . Brunswick school officials declined to comment on whether they sought or received a reference for Tefft from St. George's during their hiring process.

In 2013, the Greenwich School commissioned an independent report into allegations of sexual abuse by Tefft from several former students. Tefft never faced any charges in relation to those allegations, but the school's investigator found them to be "credible." The school named Tefft in its public report.

Tefft is currently serving federal prison time in New York after admitting to possessing child pornography. 

Rhode Island State Police declined to comment on whether they are looking into  Tefft, saying they cannot discuss an ongoing investigation.

Attorney Eric MacLeish, who has been representing some former St. George's students, tells RIPR he has been contacted by an alum, who made an allegation of sexual abuse naming Tefft. MacLeish said an attorney for the school's board has confirmed that Tefft was perpetrator number five in the initial investigation.

New Name Surfaces In St. George's Investigation
New Name Surfaces In St. George's Investigation