Gilman School Sex Abuse Claims Shock the Community

It’s not uncommon for predators at private schools to misuse trusted relationships with students by exploiting them for sexual gratification.

The latest Maryland independent school facing a crisis is the Gilman School, a prestigious all-boys school in Roland Park.

The middle school teacher is Christopher Bendann, a 38-year-old social studies teacher and Gilman graduate charged with sexual abuse and rape of a student.

The charges are based on an allegation that Bendann sought sexually explicit photographs from students and asked them to take off his clothes in exchange for rides home from parties. 

The charges include numerous examples of improper conduct outside of school hours and off school property, including sex acts allegedly occurring while Bendann was housesitting for families.

According to a state prosecutor, more victims have come forward asking to talk to police, and an attorney representing the victim said he believes there are many more victims.

After the  Gilman teacher was charged with sexual abuse and rape of a student, Gilman’s head of school considered what can be done to make it easier for victims to come forward so that abuse can be caught earlier.

And although Gilman took immediate action to start the healing process, independent school leaders say Gilman isn’t unique in that coordinated, systemic changes are needed to prevent abuse.

That might include such as safeguards to prevent teachers with abuse allegations from being passed from one school to another, or a  national registry for teachers who have been disciplined or fired for sexual misconduct.


Gilman School Sex Abuse Report Sounds A Caution

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Gilman School Sex Abuse Info To Prepare Families

Who’s legally responsible for student abuse?

If you want to collect significant damages—and send a message to the school itself—you may have to try suing the school district or school board, depending on the circumstances, on the evidence, and on which laws apply.

Examples of Professionals Accused of Abusing Students:



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Examples of the Elements of School Abuse Cases Include:


Sexual contact

Sexual abuse


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School systems that fail in their duty of having adequate training, policies, and procedures in place to ensure the safety and security of their students deserve to answer for this failing in court.

Gilman School Sex Abuse FAQ: Questions About Abuse Cases

What additional damage can school systems cause in abuse cases?

There have been cases where school systems have declined to report those suspected of abuse to the proper authorities in order to protect the reputation of the system.

What form does justice potentially take for victims of abuse?

For victims of abuse, justice often includes potential compensation for damages along with a verdict of meaningful punishment for those found guilty.

How long do victims have to file a case?

While the statute of limitations has been temporarily relaxed to allow Maryland school abuse victims additional time to react, there’s a definite timetable to be followed.

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