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Former St. Paul's teacher David Pook receives 4-month sentence for lying, contempt

August 17. 2018 10:02PM

CONCORD — A former humanities teacher at St. Paul’s School pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit false swearing and contempt of court and got a four-month sentence in county jail regarding his efforts to hide a sexual relationship with a female student.

David Pook, 48, of Warner, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with all but 90 days suspended on the conspiracy charge and another 30 days tacked on for the contempt charge.

Pook is also ordered not to teach for two years after his release from county jail.

Merrimack County Superior Court Judge John Kissinger accepted the recommendation of state prosecutors, which had the support of Pook and his lawyers.

“Based on the conduct, his early acceptance of responsibility, that was the recommendation that we made to the court that it was reasonable,” said Deputy Attorney General Jane Young.

Pook taught at St. Paul’s from 2000 to 2008 before he left under what authorities said were “questionable circumstances.” While St. Paul’s maintains Pook was let go following “a boundary violation with a student,” investigators say Pook and the young female had a sexual relationship that began years ago and continued as recently as his arrest.

The woman denied a sexual relationship with Pook during grand jury proceedings, state prosecutors said in court documents.

The woman later graduated from St. Paul’s School with high honors in 2009.

Pook was then hired in 2009 by The Derryfield School, a private day school in Manchester after receiving a favorable recommendation from St. Paul’s former rector who made no mention of Pook’s departure.

Derryfield officials did not know about the incident until Pook’s arrest last February. The Manchester school’s administration fired Pook upon his arrest, barring him from being on its campus.

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