Chartwell Manor Preparatory School


Headmaster Terry Lynch

In 1986 headmaster and teacher Terry Lynch (Terence Michael Lynch) of the Chartwell Manor Preparatory School was indicted on more than 100 counts of sexually abusing 14 minor students since 1980. Home to a culture of abuse and secrecy, the institution allowed perpetrators to abuse students unchecked for years. Other accused staff includes Peter Ahlers and Pamela Lamar. Chartwell Manor Preparatory School is now defunct.

In 1989, Lynch pleaded guilty to 17 of the child sexual abuse counts and served seven years of a 14-year prison sentence. In 1997 he was released from prison. Lynch remained in New Jersey and, fraudulently posing as a doctor, secured a volunteer position at the Beginnings Drug and Alcohol Program in Morristown where he was able to sexually assault multiple patients. In 2006, Lynch pleaded guilty to sexually abusing patients at the center and misrepresenting himself as a doctor. Lynch is believed to have died in 2011.

New Rights for Survivors: The New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill

On May 13, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Victims’ Rights Bill into law, effectively reforming the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors in New Jersey. On December 1, 2019, it took effect. See how the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill may help you.

All claims under the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill must be filed by November 30, 2021. Time is limited. Contact us confidentially today.

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It’s time for justice. It’s time to bring the truth out into the light. It’s time for accountability and healing. If you were sexually abused as a child at Chartwell Manor Preparatory School or any other private school or institution in New Jersey, we may be able to help. Our law firm of attorneys, legal professionals and advocates has nearly four decades of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and litigating cases against perpetrators of sexual abuse and assault, and the institutions that protect them. When you contact us, we will keep your information completely confidential.