According to reports, 20 former students of Georgia’s Darlington School have claimed that they were sexually abused by a former teacher named Roger Stifflemire years ago and have filed lawsuits for $345 million over the same. These twenty men call themselves the Darlington Survivors. Let us add that the suit is going after the insurance companies that covered the swanky school, the Atlanta Journal-Constitutional reported. The accusations of abuse first appeared in a 2017 story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which asserted that the school was aware of the abuse at the time but chose not to take any action.
Later, the rule of limitations was over. The former students, who identify as the “Darlington Survivors,” originally reached a settlement with the accused Roger Stifflemire, according to which he was not required to pay the pupils any money. The procedure did allow the man to pursue an insurance payment, though. The ex-students claims of mistreatment by Stifflemire at the school and on field trips were covered by Darlington’s insurance during those years.
Who Is Roger Stifflemire?
Stifflemire, who is 81 years old and resides in Alabama, was exempt from paying the pupils anything under the terms of the settlement. Furthermore, he has never admitted to abusing them. reported the outlet. But the procedure gave the ex-students the opportunity to obtain an insurance claim. The years that Stifflemire is accused of abusing former kids at the school and on field trips were covered by Darlington’s insurance companies. The former students and Darlington came to a separate settlement late last year; the details of which were kept under wraps.
At the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, Roger Stifflemire spent a number of years teaching English and supervising the dorms. As mentioned, he is 81 now and resides in Alabama. He never admitted to mistreating his pupils. Darlington did conduct an investigation into the claims, but it kept the findings private. In the 1970s and 1980s, Stifflemire was in charge of students who were 13 to 17 years old and is accused of abusing them sexually.
He worked at the institution from 1974 till 1994. According to further reports, the students, who are now in their 40s and 50s, said that Stifflemire catcalled them, performed oral sex on them, and “groomed” them. Additionally, he allegedly took them on weekend excursions to an exclusive ski club. It has been reported that Darlington Survicours created a Facebook page to create a safe place for other victims to feel comfortable forward. Stay tuned with us for more updates.