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A highly sensational case filed recently against the
prestigious Sidwell Friends
School in Washington, D.C., may end up raising interesting legal questions
about the responsibility of private schools to supervise the actions of their
school psychologists. In the $10 million civil suit filed in D.C. Superior Court, Arthur
Newmyer, father of a kindergarten student at Sidwell, alleges that Jack
Huntington, while working as the school psychologist and counseling Newmyer's
daughter, carried on a sexual affair with Newmyer's wife, Tara, a former associate attorney at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, a large Washington law firm. So far,
at least three judges have recused
themselves from the case, apparently due to their close ties to the
Earlier this year, Huntington left the school. The
lawsuit contends that he was fired after the school learned about sexually
explicit e-mails that Huntington sent to Tara Newmyer from the school's
computer system. According to the complaint, Huntington and Tara Newmyer
arranged "play dates" for the girl so that they could meet and carry
on their clandestine affair. The counseling sessions, the complaint says,
occurred off school property.
A spokesman for Sidwell has said that the school will
"vigorously defend" itself against allegations that he
said were "completely without merit." The explosive allegations in
the lawsuit filed by Arthur Newmyer, himself a Sidwell graduate who has been
extremely active in supporting the school over the years, have become a major
topic of discussion at the private school, whose students include President
Obama's daughters Malia and Sasha.
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