Delbarton: Is the elite school’s admission of sex abuse claims enough to stop questions?


July 27, 2018

By Mike Kelly

[Includes 13 photos.]

As you drive along the road that winds through the 400 acres of the elite Delbarton School, an all-boys Roman Catholic academy on the outskirts of Morristown, it’s hard to imagine anything bad happening in such a serene place.

You first pass a quiet pond. Then a series of poles adorned with banners bearing the words “Brotherhood,” “Faith,” “Tradition,” “Spirit” and “Service.” Then, beyond lush fields, thick groves of oaks and maples and a smattering of statues of saints, you reach an elegant granite building that exudes stability, protection, safety.

That stately image suffered a major blow this week.

In a stunning letter, running nearly 1,800 words and addressed to the school’s high-powered alumni, deep-pocketed donors and the parents of nearly 600 current students, Delbarton officials admitted that there are allegations that its seemingly peaceful campus and monastery had been home to 13 monks who sexually abused 30 boys over three decades, ending in 1999.

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