From the outset of our investigation, we have sought to obtain the reports and other documents prepared or collected by William Hannum III, Esq. in connection with the investigation of sexual abuse at St. George’s School he conducted at 2015. Counsel for the school has also urged Mr. Hannum to turn over his files to us for use in our investigation.
Mr. Hannum has now agreed to give us access to his files, solely for the purpose of our investigation and not for dissemination, if the individuals he interview sign a form (linked here) that permits us to have access to the material for our investigation. This will permit us to make use of this information for our investigation, but will not permit us to provide copies to anyone.
If individuals sign the form, and send it to us at SGSInvestigation@foleyhoag.com, we will in turn send that form to Mr. Hannum so that Mr. Hannum can release to us for the purpose of our investigation a copy of reports he prepared of witness interviews, and any documents he received from witnesses.
We would use any information we receive from Mr. Hannum solely for the purpose of this investigation, consistent with the statement concerning confidentiality and it limit which we have previously issued:
Confidentiality and its Limits in the Investigation
Because we have been engaged as independent investigators, we do not serve as legal counsel to any individual who contacts us—or as counsel to St. George’s School. Therefore, any communications with us will not be protected by the attorney-client privilege. St. George’s School and SGS for Healing have agreed that they will not seek to learn the identity of anyone who contacts us and wishes to speak confidentially. We will take appropriate steps to protect the identities of any individual who wishes to provide information confidentially, but we cannot guarantee that information will remain completely confidential if, for example, law enforcement seeks to obtain our records or there is subsequent litigation and the records are required to be produced in that litigation.
We believe it would be helpful for us to have the information Mr. Hannum has collected and prepared. However, the question whether witnesses should sign the attached form, permitting us access to that information for use in our investigation (and not for further dissemination)–is a question that, ultimately, is a matter for individual witnesses to decide for themselves.