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Alleged Abuse Victims Want Independent Investigation Of Horace Mann School

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A group of Horace Mann alumni who say they were sexually abused while they were students there said on Monday they want the private Bronx high school to appoint an independent investigator.

The four men and their attorney, Gloria Allred, are also calling on the state Legislature to pass a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations on sex abuse cases.

The men, who are now in their 40s and 50s, say they were abused as teens.

Allred, who represents 25 former students, said 20 of them reached settlements with Horace Mann.

"Figuring out the words to express what happened to me took many, many years, and I'm still unraveling how it altered the course of my life," said Ron Klepper, an alleged abuse victim.

"Unlike many other school sex scandals in the news, which involve one predator, for example Penn State and Poly Prep, this case involves multiple sexual predators employed by Horace Mann, either as teachers and or administrators," Allred said.

Allred said it is important for the school to commit to an investigation, so that any records it possesses could be brought to light.

Horace Mann officials say they are cooperating with a review by the Bronx District Attorney's Office.

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