New York Daily News
Poly Prep settles lawsuit claiming football coach Phil Foglietta sexually abused hundreds of boys
By Michael O’Keeffe / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Poly Prep Country Day School, one of New York’s most prestigious private schools, has agreed to settle a landmark lawsuit claiming its longtime football coach sexually abused hundreds of boys over a 25-year period and that officials covered up the assaults for decades.
The settlement ends a three-year legal and public relations battle that divided parents and alumni and turned the elite Brooklyn school into a symbol of institutional indifference to sexual abuse in youth sports. The explosive suit, filed in 2009, claimed officials at the Dyker Heights prep school knew that coach Phil Foglietta was a sexual predator, but ignored repeated complaints during his 25 years at the school because they didn’t want to jeopardize the institution’s athletic reputation and fund-raising efforts.
Poly Prep officials declined to reveal the details of the settlement in a statement issued on Wednesday.
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