Sexual encounter while camping
In the first interviews since the scandal became public, two alleged victims described a charismatic man who created a sexualized climate in which his abuse went unchecked.
Among their allegations concerning the abuse: Alton's attorney, Marcy Mc Mann, of Morristown, said she and her client had no comment.
He served 5 years in prison, but according to a 2014 court document, has not committed any offense since he was released in 1995.
The physician, who was the first of Alton's alleged victims to approach the Oregon law firm of Crew Janci a year ago, said few of his fellow Boy Scouts agreed to join the lawsuit.
However, the women will avoid serving the jail time as long as Lippert completes 15 days of work with Caltrans and Ghirelli spends 180 days in a lock-down rehabilitation facility, according to the DA’s statement.
Both Pingry and The Peck School in Morristown, where Alton later taught for a year, are investigating the matter.
When told about specific new allegations, a Pingry spokeswoman said, "We are saddened and concerned that these alumni were abused by a former Pingry employee who was in a position of trust with our students in the 1970s." She went on to say the school hopes the two men will also contact T&M Protection Services, the private investigation firm hired by the school to determine what happened years ago.
Leonard Levine, who represented Lippert, said his client was “embarrassed and ashamed” of what he described as an “incredibly poor lapse in judgment.” He added that Lippert had not actually had sex with the underage boy, but had aided and abetted the unlawful sexual encounter.
“The sole responsibility lies with the teachers,” said Levine, who felt the terms of the plea bargains are fair. Authorities alleged that the two teachers provided the teens with alcohol and cocaine, with Ghirelli also accused of engaging in oral sex with a 17-year-old boy.