An investigation has found that seven former faculty members at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville sexually abused students over a 23-year period.
The school hired a law firm to conduct the investigation and write a report, which it released earlier this month.
Now, one of the victims is speaking out.
Hilary Mullins was 14, sitting on a couch in her teacher’s house.
“It’s cool. He’s got a wood fire going and all this,” Mullins said. “He made physicality seem nice. He’d give you a hug–it’d feel so good. He puts his arm around me and he starts to work his way into me. I said to him at the time: ‘I wouldn’t have never let anyone else do that.”
Mullins had been sexually abused before. “As a kid,” she said. But she didn’t realize that it was happening again.
She looks back on it now differently, characterizing her one-time teacher as a “heat-seeking missile.”
“I was an easy mark and I think he completely knew,” Mullins said.
The teacher was Leif Thorne-Thomsen. He was 20 years older than her. He’s named in the investigative report by Hotchkiss. The investigators corroborated the accounts of seven students who accused Thorne-Thomsen of sexual misconduct.
You won’t find Mullins’ name listed in that independent investigation. Instead, she said she’s the person identified only as “Student 4.”
The report says that a second teacher had sex with her when she was 17.
“I was his student. He didn’t just seek me out, I was his student,” said Mullins. “He was an amazing teacher for me.”
His name was Christopher Carlisle.