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St. Paul's sex misconduct: More faculty, more victims

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 21. 2018 11:04PM

CONCORD — Additional sexual misconduct allegations at St. Paul’s School were detailed Tuesday involving four unnamed faculty and staff members, along with 21 more victims who have come forward in recent months.

The 42-page report is the third and latest accounting from the Boston, Mass., law firm of Casner & Edwards. St. Paul’s hired the firm to look into charges against past and present faculty and staff at the Concord prep school.

Last week, St. Paul’s teacher David Pook was sentenced to four months in jail for conspiring with a former student to lie to a grand jury about their relationship.

Pook taught at St. Paul’s from 2000 to 2008. The report includes Pook as one of four former school employees not previously identified.

The report includes interviews with nine students other than the one Pook conspired with; they revealed incidents with Pook in and out of the classroom that made them feel uncomfortable, if not sexually harassed.

“We’re saddened to learn that additional alumni were harmed by faculty and staff at St. Paul’s School,” Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs with the Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said in a statement. “We offer support and solidarity to the brave survivors that have come forward, and we hope that their efforts to shatter the silence around decades of abuse on campus will help the school appropriately address the glaring need for change.”

The statement continued: “We call on St. Paul’s School to empower survivors to lead their discussions and efforts to create meaningful change on campus, and we urge the school to work alongside the New Hampshire victim advocacy community to support survivors, restore faith to the community, and prevent future abuse.”

St. Paul’s has continued to work with Casner & Edwards in recent months to investigate new claims of sexual misconduct, and to follow up with victims who reported sexual abuse. The sexual assault allegations outlined in this third phase of the independent investigation span a period of 41 years, from 1967 to 2008.

Also identified in this report for the first time were the late Massachusetts congressman Gerry Studds, who taught history at St. Paul’s School. He was named in a civil lawsuit that two alumni brought against the school in May.

View the full report.

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