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Additional claims of inappropriate touching from 70s surface at Carolina Friends School

Posted July 9

— The head of a Quaker school in Durham says he has received additional reports of abuse from students who say a school administrator inappropriately touched them nearly 40 years ago.

Carolina Friends School Principal Mike Hanas said Wednesday that he's shared those claims with local authorities, but he declined to comment on how many new cases there were. He deferred any public statements until detectives conclude their investigation.

Last month Hanas said five former students interviewed during an independent review revealed that the man who had been the school's principal between 1969 and 1975 inappropriately touched them.

One student also reported inappropriate touching involving a teacher in 1976. That teacher committed suicide last month after the school contacted him about the allegation.

Although authorities are investigating all the claims, an Orange County prosecutor said last month that charges are unlikely since the nature of the allegations was considered a misdemeanor at the time they occurred. The statute of limitations on such crimes is two years.

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  • A person Jul 9, 3:04 p.m.

    The statute of limitations on such crimes is two years.
    That is not correct. I unfortuneatly dated a girl who was supposedly molested by the school psychologist in N. Hampton County in the early 80's. The charges did not come out until several years later. He was convicted (falsely) and sentenced to 21 years, but he never even touched her while she was under-age. She told me that several years after the trial, but no one wanted to hear that. I kicked her out as soon as the truth about what she did to him was told to me

  • A person Jul 9, 3:00 p.m.

    over 40 years later. I don't believe it for 1 second. Not a bit. Common-sense says these are... View More

    — Posted by A person

    WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO GAIN???

    THERE IS NOTHING

    — Posted by jewgrrl

    There is always something, other-wise why bring it up after all this time. They want something from someone. Maybe they are unaware that there is nothing to get

  • jewgrrl Jul 9, 2:40 p.m.

    over 40 years later. I don't believe it for 1 second. Not a bit. Common-sense says these are... View More

    — Posted by A person

    WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO GAIN???

    THERE IS NOTHING

  • A person Jul 9, 1:35 p.m.

    over 40 years later. I don't believe it for 1 second. Not a bit. Common-sense says these are blatant lies based on trying to get something.