Shattuck-St. Mary’s sex scandal: Third former teacher accused of abusing student

City Pages

By Aaron Rupar
Wed., Nov. 21 2012

Last month, two former teachers at Shattuck-St. Mary’s boarding school in Faribault were accused of sexually assaulting students — Lynn Phillip Seibel and the late Len Jones.

Those revelations apparently prompted former Shattuck student “JJ” to come forward on October 9 with accusations that art and photography teacher Joseph Machlitt sexually abused him in the summer of 1980. JJ was 14 years old at the time. …

The charging document goes on to say that “JJ did not tell anyone about the abuse until he was 29… He [has] told several therapists.”

During a subsequent interview with investigators, Machlitt confirmed he had a sexual relationship with JJ that summer. He left Faribault to take a job in New Hampshire before the next school year began.

As the Faribault Daily News reports, all of the recent sexual abuse allegations involve incidents that “happened on S-SM grounds — either in a closed classroom setting or in the dormitories.”

Last month, we spoke with attorney Gregg Myers of Jeff Anderson & Associates, a law firm known for litigating sexual abuse cases. Myers said the abuse allegations at Shattuck are “discouragingly similar to cases like Penn State.”

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