AG to announce findings in St. Paul's School sexual misconduct investigation
By TODD FEATHERS New Hampshire Union Leader
St. Paul's School in Concord. (Union Leader File Photo)
CONCORD — Attorney General Gordon MacDonald on Thursday will announce the results of a year-long investigation into sexual misconduct and obstruction of justice at St. Paul’s School.
Thursday also will mark the first Supreme Court hearing for Owen Labrie, the former St. Paul’s student convicted in 2015 of statutory rape and using the internet to solicit sex from then-15-year-old Chessy Prout. He pursued Prout as part of a competition known as the “senior salute,” in which seniors sought to have sex with as many younger female students as possible.
The charges against Labrie kicked off years of investigations into St. Paul’s School. Casner & Edwards, a Boston law firm hired by the school, has released three reports identifying 20 former faculty and staff credibly accused of sexual misconduct.
The Attorney General’s office has already charged one of the former teachers, David Pook, with conspiracy to commit false swearing after he convinced a former student to lie about their sexual relationship. Pook pleaded guilty in August.
“Over the past fourteen months the investigation by the Attorney General’s office focused on the issue of whether St. Paul’s School engaged in conduct constituting endangering the welfare of a child ... (and) obstructing governmental operations,” the agency said in a statement.