12/29/12

Poly Prep Sex Abuse Lawsuit Settled

The sex abuse lawsuit filed by 12 former students at Dyker Heights' prestigious Poly Prep Country Day School has been settled for an undisclosed amount.

The hard-fought case, filed in 2009, alleged that school officials knew about, and kept secret, football coach Phil Foglietta's sexual abuse of hundreds of boys at the school over a 25-year period, beginning in the 1960s, when he was hired, and ending in the 1990s, when he retired.

Poly Prep, the plaintiffs alleged, ignored repeated complaints about Foglietta during his career at the school because it didn't want to jeopardize the institution's athletic reputation or its fund-raising efforts.

The lawsuit divided the Poly Prep community and created a public relations nightmare for the school, which saw itself compared with Jerry Sandusky's Penn State.

One of the Poly Prep plaintiffs, mirroring grand jury testimony in the Sandusky case, said former Poly Prep athletic director Harlow Parker saw Foglietta abusing him in a shower in the 1970s and simply walked away without stopping the assault.

Foglietta, according to the plaintiffs' accounts, was a persistent, insatiable pedophile who singled out boys as young as ten for daily abuse.

The article from the Daily News.

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