Prep school deans avoided pros­e­cu­tion

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

EX­ETER, N.H. – A New Hamp­shire State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor sought the ar­rests last year of two deans at Phillips Ex­eter Academy, one of the na­tion’s elite prep schools, on a charge that they failed to re­port the al­leged sex­ual as­sault of a stu­dent to au­thor­i­ties, newly ob­tained records show.

But the deans were not ar­rested or pros­e­cuted, and a year af­ter that po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, they re­main in their posts at the school.

The case be­gan more than two years ago, when two fe­male se­niors, age 17 and 18, told the deans that a male class­mate had groped them against their will, in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in the base­ment of the church on the cam­pus here.

In a de­tailed re­port by the state po­lice that was ob­tained by the New York Times, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the ma­jor crime unit wrote, “I de­ter­mined that there was prob­a­ble cause to be­lieve that” the two deans com­mit­ted a mis­de­meanor by not re­port­ing the ac­cu­sa­tion by the 17-year-old, who was cov­ered by the state’s manda­tory re­port­ing law.

Like St. Paul’s School in Con­cord, N.H.; St. Ge­orge’s School in Middletown, R.I.; Phillips Academy in An­dover, Mass.; Choate Rose­mary Hall in Walling­ford, Conn.; and many other pres­ti­gious prep schools, Phillips Ex­eter has been reel­ing from rev­e­la­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, and ques­tions about whether the school prop­erly han­dled them.

– New York Times

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