Prep school deans avoided prosecution
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