Elite Ojai boarding school’s ex-headmaster molested Thacher student, suit alleges

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A former student at the Thacher School is suing the prestigious Ojai boarding school, alleging it allowed its onetime headmaster to stalk and openly molest her before expelling her when she complained.

On Wednesday, the woman, who is now 53, spoke at a news conference alongside attorney Gloria Allred and alleged that Headmaster William “Bill” Wyman groped her numerous times when she was 13 and repeatedly made sexual remarks. The behavior was so bad, the woman said, that other staff intervened in 1982 when he “got too close to her in public.”

The woman, identified as Jane Doe in the litigation, also alleged she was sexually abused by a female nurse who inserted a thermometer into her rectum during overnight visits to the infirmary.

Wyman died in 2014. But a law firm report in 2021 detailed decades of allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against students and “boundary crossing” by faculty members. The 91-page report was commissioned by Thacher and compiled by lawyers with the Los Angeles firm Munger, Tolles & Olson.

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