Ex-head­mas­ter at Park School faces ac­cu­sa­tion of abuse

Al­le­ga­tion from 1964 emerges in wake of re­port on claims against ex-teach­ers

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Her­beck NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER

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

Park on Page A7

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