Former St. Paul’s Student Accused of Lying to Grand Jury Sentenced to Community Service

Oct 1, 2018

A former St. Paul's School student accused of lying under oath during a grand jury investigation into sexual misconduct at the school was in court Monday.

Stephanie O'Connell of Chicago pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor offenses.

The charges stem from emails and phone contact she's accused of having with former St Paul's teacher David Pook during the state's investigation into the school.

Investigators claimed O'Connell had a sexual relationship with Pook, who was her teacher at St. Paul's.

O'Connell will serve no jail time as long as she pays a fine and does 500 hours of community service within five years.

Merrimack Superior Court Judge John Kissinger said he felt the sentencing was appropriate.

"You've taken responsibility, that's all that people can do,” Kissinger said. “And I appreciate the way that you've conducted yourself today, I appreciate how hard this is for you and I do wish you the best of luck going forward."

The sentencing comes just weeks after St. Paul's agreed to more oversight from the New Hampshire Attorney General into how it handles allegations of misconduct.