Charlie Gibson, Ken Starr Wrote Letters in Support of a Child Molester

Tucked away in a Washington Post story about a Potomac high school teacher accused of molesting female students over a thirty-year period is the fact that more than 90 people — including former ABC World News anchor Charlie Gibson and former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr — wrote letters on his behalf.

The teacher, Christopher Kloman, pleaded guilty this summer to four counts of indecent liberties with a child younger than 14 and one count of abduction with intent to defile. Kloman, who students testified that they used to call "The Wolf," taught at the school from 1966 to 1994.

It's not immediately clear why Gibson and Starr wrote the letters, although Starr's daughter attended the Potomac School, graduating in 1998.

The Washington Post quoted a brief excerpt from Gibson's letter.

“It is a case almost Dostoyevskian,” Gibson wrote. “Chris has carried this guilt with him for years, and I can’t imagine how the knowledge that it would some day come out, as it inevitably would, must have eaten at his soul.”

In the end however, the support of Starr and Gibson apparently wasn't enough — the 74-year-old Kloman was sentenced to 43 years on Friday.

And though the criminal side is over, the story does seem poised to become a massive civil case — Gloria Allred is representing all five accusers, some of whom testified in court that the school knew about Kloman's behavior and failed to prevent it.

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