Rey Buono pleads for decades-old abuse allegations

An accused child kidnapper whose victims allegedly stretched from Manhattan to the Boston suburbs has pleaded guilty to charges of child rape in Massachusetts.

Rey Buono, now 77, who worked at New York’s elite Saint David School in the 1970s before landing a position at Massachusetts’ famed Milton Academy, is believed 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 case was later settled.

Buono was released from Milton in 1987 after victims came forward, only to flee to Thailand for decades. He was brought back from Thailand in 2018 to face charges in Massachusetts.

On Friday, Buono appeared before Norfolk Superior Court Justice Beverly Cannone to change his plea on the charge of violent rape of a child.

“I plead guilty,” he told the judge.

Buono would douse his teenage victims with alcohol and would repeatedly harass them at his home or on 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 have GPS tracking for at least three years.

A victim told the court Buono’s attacks “stole my childhood”. Rey Buono pleads for decades-old abuse allegations


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