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Dalton School seeks to toss sex abuse suit by former student

August 6, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A prestigious New York City private school says it can’t be held accountable for the alleged sexual abuse of a 14-year-old student by a former headmaster.

In court papers, the Dalton School says the suit filed in New Jersey isn’t legally valid because the school doesn’t engage in business activities in the state, even though some of its students reside there.

The school also wrote in a brief filed Friday that the headmaster’s alleged behavior would have fallen outside the scope of his duties at the school.

The alleged victim has sued in June claiming former headmaster Gardner Dunnan abused her at his New York apartment and a second home in New Jersey.

Dunnan is expected to file a response in the next few weeks. He has denied the allegations.

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