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New legal action is the second filed this month by former students of the Southwest Portland private school.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A new suit alleging a history of child abuse has been filed against former Catlin Gabel instructors.A new lawsuit was filed Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Multnomah County slams Catlin Gabel School, alleging claims of sexual abuse, negligence and fraud against the private school.

Four former students are plaintiffs in the legal action. They claim there were incidents of child sexual abuse by four staff members.

Another former Catlin Gabel student, 36-year-old Kim Wilson of Portland, filed a separate $4.5 million lawsuit in early January against the private school for sexual abuse she said she endured in the 1990s. Her complaint seeks damages for negligence, fraud, sexual abuse and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Plaintiffs in the Jan. 29 lawsuit are Rebecca Green, Frances Partridge, Dan Plumridge, and an anonymous person using the initials A.A. The new lawsuit alleges abuse by four former Catlin Gabel staff. Three of the staff members were named in an executive summary of the findings of Catlin Gabel's internal investigation, released in December 2019 by the school.

In addition, the suit alleges abuse by a staffer not identified by name in the internal investigation: Roy Stubbs, a former choir director for Catlin Gabel in approximately 1981 or 1982. According the lawsuit, Stubbs allegedly provided illegal drugs to one of the victims, "including but not limited to . . . nitrous oxide and marijuana." The suit alleges Stubbs made sexual comments and propositions to the boy, encouraged him to engage in sexual contact with Stubbs, touched his thigh, exposed his penis to the boy, touched the victim's penis on several occasions and masturbated in the boy's presence.

"We don't know whether Catlin Gabel previously received information about Roy Stubbs, because Catlin Gabel has yet to publicly identify all of the accused staff members," said Stephen Crew, an attorney representing the victims. "But we have obtained information from multiple former students indicating that Stubbs engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with minor students."

The lawsuit also includes abuse allegations against three others who were named in the school's investigative report: Richardson Shoemaker, Mark Petersen and Stephen Richmond. It seeks $2.25 million in damages for each plaintiff, for a total of $9 million in damages.


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