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Rey Buono pleads with decades-old abuse allegations

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An accused child predator whose victims reportedly stretched from Manhattan to the Boston suburbs has pleaded guilty to child rape in Massachusetts.

Rey Buono, now 77, who worked at the elite Saint David’s School in New York in the 1970s before landing a job at the famed Milton Academy in Massachusetts, is said to have had dozens of victims.

At least one New York victim, who attended Saint David’s, sued him in 2020 under the state’s Child Victim’s Act, which opened a legal window for filing old claims in court. The matter was later settled.

Buono was fired from Milton in 1987 after victims came forward, only to flee to Thailand for decades. He was brought back from Thailand in 2018 to be indicted in Massachusetts.

On Friday, Buono appeared before Norfolk Superior Court Judge Beverly Cannone to change his plea to charges of raping a child with violence.

“I plead guilty,” he told the judge.

Buono allegedly showered his teenage victims with alcohol and repeatedly harassed them in his apartment or during overnight trips, authorities said. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to undergo sex offender treatment, register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the state, and undergo GPS monitoring for a minimum of three years.

One victim told the court that Buono’s attacks “stole my youth”.

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