The families of eight young children have filed suit against a prominent Washington, D.C., synagogue and one of its leaders, alleging they ignored warnings that a teacher at the congregation's preschool was sexually abusing the children for more than two years.
The families, who are filing the suit anonymously, to protect the children's identities, say the alleged abuse occurred at Washington Hebrew Congregation's Early Childhood Center, a Reform Jewish synagogue founded in the 1850s.
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The 74-count civil complaint was filed late Monday in Superior Court for the District of Columbia and alleges that "systemic, regular sexual abuse of such young children and in large numbers in an educational environment does not occur in the absence of neglect by the school administrators."
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The families are represented by Michael Dolce and Takisha D. Richardson of Cohen Milstein’s Sexual Abuse, Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence practice.