Helping Child Sexual Abuse Survivors of Chartwell Manor Preparatory School

If you were sexually abused by a teacher, coach, staff, or trusted adult at Chartwell or any other New Jersey school, we want to help you. It’s time to take your power back.

Headmaster Terry Lynch & a Culture of Abuse and Secrecy

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

In 1989, Lynch pleaded guilty to 17 counts of child sexual abuse 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.

If you were sexually abused as a student at Chartwell Manor, contact us confidentially today. All claims must be filed by November 30, 2021. Time is limited.

New Law, New Rights, Limited Time: 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 and opening a window for child sexual abuse survivors in New Jersey to bring civil claims against those who hurt them. See how the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill may help you.

You Are Not Alone. We Are Here to Help You.

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.

Before making a decision concerning such serious and sensitive matters, we encourage all survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy, teachers, coaches, or other authority figures to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim. In 2019, we partnered with New Jersey child sexual abuse attorney and survivor advocate Greg Gianforcaro who, like us, has been working in this space for more than three decades. Together, we have the New Jersey knowledge, experience, passion, and tenacity to work for and fight for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy. Contact us today.

If you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy, teacher or coach, we want to help. Contact us confidentially today. 

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