Benjamin School, chaperone sued for negligence, student accused of sexual assault and battery

Civil suit filed in court

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A 16-year-old New York teen and her parents have filed a civil lawsuit alleging negligence against the Benjamin School and a school chaperone and sexual assault and battery against the chaperone's son, a student at the school who lives in Jupiter.

According to the complaint, the lawsuit arises from an alleged sexual assault that took place in January 2013 while both teens attended a national student conference for the Yale Model United Nations Program in New Haven, Connecticut.

The suit says the teen girl and the Benjamin student met during the conference and on two occasions the boy invited the girl to his room at the Omni Hotel.

On the second visit, the complaint states, the Benjamin School male student held the teen girl against her will and sexually assaulted her.

The lawsuit states the male teen bragged to attendees at the conference that he videotaped his sexual encounter with the victim, which the suit claims was against her will.

The male student brought other high school-aged girls to his room unsupervised during the course of the program, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs live in Westchester County, New York and are requesting a jury trial. The suit says the alleged victim has suffered physical, psychological and emotional damage.

The Benjamin School released this statement:

 "We have just received a copy of the lawsuit and are investigating the allegations.  I cannot comment further at this time except to say that the Benjamin  School is fully committed to a secure and safe environment for every member of our school community," said Robert Goldberg, Head of School at the Benjamin School.

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