April 18, 2019

Days after a civil suit alleging that at least eight children were sexually abused at a Washington Hebrew Congregation preschool was filed, the D.C. attorney general has launched a criminal investigation into the preschool and its administration.

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In an emailed statement Thursday, Michael Dolce, a lawyer to the plaintiffs in the case and a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, said, “The families are encouraged by the attorney general’s criminal investigation.”

“Child sex predators cannot sexually abuse such young children in a school unless the school neglects its duty to ensure child safety. We believe D.C. regulations mandate, under penalty of criminal prosecution, that school administrators ensure that two adults are present at all times with children to prevent a tragedy exactly like this,” Dolce said.

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