Ex-headmaster at Park School faces accusation of abuse
Allegation from 1964 emerges in wake of report on claims against ex-teachers
When an alumnus complained to the Park School that her teacher Thomas J. Bailey had repeatedly groped and sexually harassed her when she was a student, her complaint went to the school’s former headmaster, Donald J. Graff.
Bailey denied the allegations, and Graff took no action against Bailey, who remained at the prestigious private Amherst school until 2006, according to a report the school released Friday that detailed allegations of “improper conduct” against 12 former Park School teachers.
Graff later told investigators for the school that he felt he handled the Bailey situation properly, “with care and prudence.”
Graff had experience of his own with accusations of improper sexual actions toward a child, according to records obtained by The Buffalo News on Friday.
Graff served as a priest in Hawaii from 1963 until 1972. He was accused in a 2016 lawsuit of molesting a 13-year-old boy in Hawaii in 1964.
An attorney at Jeff Anderson & Associates, the law firm that filed the lawsuit, said the legal action was settled out of court last year.
Did Park School officials know of Graff’s past career as a priest, or the allegation
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