A typical child sexual abuse case.
That’s how the allegations against former Pingry School teacher and coach Thad Alton are playing out.
One alleged victim comes forward. Then another. Then a couple of more. And then more alleged victims — who suffered in silent shame thinking they were the only ones — become emboldened and come out and join forces.
The number connected to Alton is growing. It was four just 10 days ago when Pingry sent out a letter to alumni and the school community saying it learned “distressing news” about Alton, who worked at Pingry’s elementary school campus in Short Hills for six years in the 1970s.
And now up to 14 people have come forward, according to the law firm representing the alleged victims.