This new page is dedicated to providing information about Rey Buono, a teacher at my elementary school, the Saint David's School, in New York City, where he was employed until 1973, after which he moved to Massachusetts to teach at Milton Academy.
This page is ALSO about another teacher, Bob Ludlow, who is deceased.
St. David's is an independent day school from PK- 8th Grade on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Students come from many walks of life, but include wealthy neighborhood families as well as the children of celebrities, such as football star Tom Brady.
Saint David's emailed its community in mid-December, 2019, to report that there had been allegations of child sexual abuse at Saint David's in the 1970's, by an apparently deceased teacher. We were invited to share any information we had about this situation.
I spoke to the Headmaster, David O'Halloran, and to the school's counsel, Sharon Nelles, of Sullivan and Cromwell in NYC, and gave them a name which they had not considered: Rey Buono, a man who is very much alive and currently under house arrest at an undisclosed location in New England. Three years ago, he was accused of molesting students at Milton and was extradited to the US from Thailand where he had lived for many years.
Buono was indicted and tried on charges of child rape in 2018, but the case was dismissed, and then appealed, and as of March 26, 2020, the case is being returned to court. See this recent court decision.
In addition, besides Rey Buono, I have received the name of another teacher who molested boys at Saint David's School in the 1970s. He is the deceased teacher mentioned in the original letter of December 11, 2019.
I reached out to as many St. David's alumni as I was able, because I discovered that perhaps half of St. David's alumni did not received the school's email of December 11. Appalling stories about both men were disclosed to me. One man, who had not received the original notice from St. David's, and only spoken of the matter to his sister and mother years ago, told me his story of abuse at the hands of Bob Ludlow in a classroom at St. David's when he was in 4th grade, in the early 1970s.
The documents here tell the story of what has ensued since December 2019. My interests are in finding justice for anyone and everyone harmed by these men's actions.
IF YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EITHER OF THESE TEACHERS, PLEASE CONTACT ME OR THE INVESTIGATORS BELOW. REY BUONO'S CASE IS BEING RETURNED TO TRIAL IN MASSACHUSETTS, AND BOB LUDLOW'S VICTIMS ARE ALSO ENGAGED IN LEGAL ACTION IN NEW YORK.
Speak to Saint David's Headmaster Dr. O'Halloran directly at 212-369-0058
Direct questions to Manhattan (NY County) DA Nicole Blumberg of the Sex Crimes Unit
Contact Michael Wigdor, Deputy Chief Investigator at the District Attorney’s Office, who can be reached at 212-335-8981. The District Attorney’s Office will not only collect information, but can assist with victim resources.