NEWARK, N.J. — The Latest on a lawsuit accusing a former headmaster at the Dalton School of sexual abuse (all times local):
The former headmaster of New York's prestigious Dalton School says sexual abuse allegations against him are false.
Gardner Dunnan said in an email Thursday that he's "heartbroken" by the claims in a lawsuit filed by a former student who says he molested her multiple times in 1986 when she was 14.
The suit filed on Thursday in Newark, New Jersey, also lists the school as a defendant.
The former student alleges the abuse occurred while she attended the school and lived with Dunnan and his wife in their apartment near the school. She alleges some of the encounters also occurred at his house in New Jersey.
Dunnan resigned from the school in 1997.
A spokeswoman for a prestigious New York school where a former headmaster is accused of sexually abusing a student says it "supports any victim of sexual abuse."
The Dalton School spokeswoman was responding to a lawsuit that accuses Gardner Dunnan of molesting a 14-year-old girl when she lived with Dunnan and his wife and worked as a family helper in the fall of 1986.
The suit filed Thursday in Newark, New Jersey, also lists the school a defendant.
The spokeswoman said the school takes sexual abuse issues very seriously.
Dunnan resigned from the school in 1997. He didn't respond to email messages seeking comment.
The former head of New York's prestigious Dalton School is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in the 1980s.
A lawsuit filed Thursday in Newark, New Jersey, accuses Gardner Dunnan of molesting the girl when she lived with Dunnan and his wife and worked as a family helper in the fall of 1986.
The unnamed woman says the abuse occurred at Dunnan's homes in New York and New Jersey.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Dunnan didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. A message left at the school wasn't immediately returned.
Dunnan was headmaster from the mid-1970s until 1997, when news reports quoted Dunnan saying he was stepping down because of school officials' concerns with his leadership.