A group of Horace Mann alumni have hired former judge and sex crimes prosecutor Leslie Crocker Snyder to conduct an independent probe of alleged sexual abuse at the elite Bronx school.
A board member of the Horace Mann Action Coalition told the Wall Street Journal that the group looked for someone with the skills of a district attorney and the wisdom of a judge when evaluating potential candidates to lead the investigation.
The coalition was created to address allegations that teachers at the private prep school sexually abused students from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Officials for the school couldn't be reached for comment. In August, they said the school was fully cooperating with the investigation. The district attorney's office is nearing completion of its review.
The NYPD said its Special Victims Division closed its investigation into the allegations after finding the offenses described by the complainants did not fall within the state's statue of limitations for sex crimes.
Snyder founded the Manhattan Sex Crimes Prosecution Bureau.