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March 20, 2013

Lawsuit: Pike School alum says he was raped by female teacher at age 15


The student didn't understand that he was being raped and sexually abused by Elefante for her sexual pleasure or that he had been harmed by this conduct until two years ago, according to the lawsuit. That's when Pike's Head of School John M. "Muddy" Waters said he had fired Elefante after allegations of her involvement with the student came to light.

“Upon first hearing of this in 2011, Muddy immediately met with Ms. Elefante and she acknowledged only that she had provided advice and support to this particular alumnus while he was at Pike,” Waters and Andrew Chaban, chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, wrote in a letter to the Pike School community last month.

“She confirmed that their relationship continued after he left Pike and that, in fact, the relationship developed into a sexual one,’’ the letter continued. “As a result, Muddy made a decision to terminate Ms. Elefante from further employment at Pike.’’

But the lawsuit filed today alleged that Elefante's abuse of the student began while he was still at the Pike School. The sex took place in Elefante's Andover home, her car and later in the student's dormitory room at Groton, according to the complaint.

On one occasion, a roommate at Groton caught the victim having sex with Elefante in their dorm room. The complaint adds that the teacher also attended several of Groton football games and afterwards arranged for the victim to drive back in her car so she could have sex with him in the car and at various public parking areas in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

"Defendant Elefante did everything possible to convince John that they were engaging in a normal sexual relationship, despite the disparity in their ages," the lawsuit alleged.

Attached to the lawsuit are copies of love letters, cartoons, notes, and cards which "show a progression from intense personal attention, as part of her grooming process, to continued unequivocal professions of her love for John," it continued.

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