PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Five former Catlin Gabel students filed lawsuits against the Portland private school Tuesday, making new allegations about sexual and emotional abuse they say they suffered at the hands of teachers.
One of the plaintiffs alleged she was 12 when she entered into what she thought was a romantic relationship with one of her teachers. In her lawsuit, she alleges he would take her to a storage room where he would kiss and fondle her and she would perform a sex act on him.
Her teacher was Fred Corbett, she alleges in the lawsuit.
Corbett, reached at his home in Coos Bay, vociferously denied to the Oregonian/OregonLive that he had any inappropriate relationship with any student at Catlin.
The plaintiff, now in her 60s, is seeking $6 million in damages.
The new lawsuits bring to 10 the number of former students who have gone to court seeking redress since the school released a stunning internal report in December detailing a long history of sex abuse perpetrated by faculty and other former staffers. Catlin has apologized repeatedly and claims it is now taking proactive steps to protect its students.
Several of the plaintiffs allege school leaders were repeatedly warned by students of the abuse and did little if anything in response. It will be difficult for Catlin to deny those claims as their own report also details warnings that went unheeded.