New misconduct claims emerge against former renowned Masterman chess coach

November 16, 2018

By Staff

Eleven former students at Philadelphia’s Julia R. Masterman School say nationally acclaimed chess coach Stephen Shutt acted inappropriately around students, at times touching them or walking around naked or partially naked in front of them when they were in middle or high school in the late 1980s through the mid-2000s.

One said that during his middle-school years, he was routinely “spooned” by Shutt as they slept in the same bed during out-of-town tournaments and that Shutt rested his hand on top of the student’s underwear for the night. The man, now 41, said he became so distraught by the unwanted attention that he intentionally tanked his grades so he would not be accepted into Masterman’s top-ranked high school.

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