Haunted for decades by ‘sex abuse’ nightmare at school for deaf
- Last Updated: 7:38 AM, May 6, 2013
- Posted: 1:08 AM, May 6, 2013
It was a pedophile’s paradise.
That’s how Marlene Hodge, now 52, remembers the girls dorm at a New York boarding school for deaf children, where she and nearly a dozen former students allege a staffer molested his charges at night for almost 20 years.
“I would pretend to be asleep hoping he would eventually go away,” Hodge told The Post, saying the alleged assaults by dorm dad Joe Casucci at the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains have been seared into her memory.
She said the married Casucci, now dead, would prowl the 25-girl dormitory under the cover of darkness looking for victims.
“He would start by French kissing me and eventually move down to play with my vagina. I hated his stinky breath, a heavy smoker’s breath,” she recalled.
She was 7 years old at the time.
The Westchester County district attorney has declined to investigate the sex-abuse allegations because the case is too old.
So now Hodge and the other former students, who claim Casucci molested them in the 1960s and 1970s, have come together to build a civil case against the nation’s second-oldest institution for the deaf.
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