The D.C. attorney general has opened an investigation into the preschool at Washington Hebrew Congregation amid allegations that toddlers were sexually abused by a staff member on the Northwest Washington campus.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education confirmed Thursday that it also has opened a probe.
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On Monday, eight families of children who attended the preschool sued Washington Hebrew Congregation and its director of early-childhood education, alleging that reports of potential abuse by a preschool teacher had been ignored.
“The families are encouraged by the Attorney General’s criminal investigation,” said Michael Dolce, an attorney from the law firm Cohen Milstein who is representing the families who filed the lawsuit.
Dolce said in a statement that the school’s negligence enabled the alleged sexual abuse to occur.
In August, D.C. police launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the Jewish preschool. That investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, authorities said.
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