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Va. school disturbed by sexual assault allegations

Saturday - 11/17/2012, 7:20pm  ET

McLEAN, Va. - The head of a northern Virginia private school says the school is "deeply disturbed" by the news that a former longtime teacher has been charged with sexual assaults involving four of his students from the 1960s.

Fairfax County Police on Friday arrested 73-year-old Christopher Kloman of McLean after a yearlong investigation.

Police opened the case after receiving a report from a 55-year-old woman who was a student of Kloman's at the Potomac School. She came forward after running into Kloman at the Washington Episcopal School, where he was teaching at the time. Police say their investigation found three other alleged victims, all girls ages 12 and 14 when the alleged incidents occurred between 1968 and 1969.

"We are deeply disturbed by this news and our hearts are with the entire Potomac community, past and present, as we work through this difficult time," wrote Potomac School head Geoffrey Jones in a note to parents Friday that was reported by The Washington Post.

Kloman worked at the Potomac School from 1965 to 1994, police said. The school confirmed he was both a teacher and an administrator and said in a statement Saturday that it is cooperating with Fairfax County's investigation.

A message left at a telephone listing for Kloman's home in McLean was not immediately returned Saturday. Kloman is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, and the jail said he is set to appear in court Monday.

The Potomac School was founded in 1904 and has students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Approximately 1,000 students attend the school.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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