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March 20, 2013

Former private school teacher accused of student rape

Accused, now 70, lives in Newburyport

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On one occasion, John's roommate at Groton caught him having sex with Elefante in their dorm room. The teacher also attended several of the school's football games to see John play. After the games, Elefante would arrange for John to drive back in her car, instead of returning on the team bus with other students, so she could have sex with him in the car and at various public parking areas in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

"Defendant Elefante did everything possible to convince John that they were engaging in a normal sexual relationship, despite the disparity in their ages," the lawsuit alleged.

Attached to the lawsuit are copies of love letters, cartoons, notes, and cards that "show a progression from intense personal attention, as part of her grooming process, to continued unequivocal professions of her love for John," the complaint continues.

The lawsuit says that John had "significant academic potential, as demonstrated by his 800 score on hisverbal SAT (99 percentile) and 660 on the math portion (90 percentile), and his admission to Groton on a full scholarship."

"However, John's school work at Groton suffered because of his sexual obsession with defendant Elefante, and he left after the 10th grade," the suit says.

John later graduated from Andover High School, despite attending about half of his classes, because he was skipping school to meet Elefante for sex. When he went to college, Elefante sold him a car for $3,000 so he could commute home to see her. He initially withdrew from college before the end of his first spring semester, then left school before the end of the following fall term.

John didn't graduate from college until last October, when he received a bachelor's degree from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Read more about the lawsuit in tomorrow's Daily News.

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