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March 5, 2013

Official tied to school abuse case


Bryant is listed online as a property manager for Stergis Industrial Park in Dedham, a job he conducts out of his home office at 80 Boxford Road. The business had been owned by his late mother-in-law, Margery K. Stergis, who died in 2011.

“I have been here (in Rowley) since 1986 and only tried to do what was best for the town,” Bryant said in a telephone interview last week.

Bryant also said his first obligation is to his family, which includes a daughter at Triton Regional High School in Byfield and a son, a recent graduate of Harvard University.

“All that I am concerned about is my family — my wife, my daughter and my son,” Bryant said. “That is my priority.

Rowley selectmen won’t say if the allegations in the decades-old suit will affect Bryant’s position in town government. According to town laws, elected officials who are voted in by the townspeople cannot be removed by the Board of Selectmen.

This is not the first time that charges of sexual misconduct have been brought against employees at Landmark School.

Eleven former Landmark students, including three in recent months, have come forward to allege they were sexually abused while at the school. The charges range from verbal sexual harassment to sexual abuse and charge teachers, staff and food service workers in the accusations.

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