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St. Paul’s School in Concord is apologizing for misleading another prep school about a former faculty member during a reference check in 2009. The teacher had been fired  from St. Paul's six months prior for violating rules governing boundaries between students and faculty.

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St. Paul’s School in Concord is settling a civil lawsuit brought by the family of a former student, Chessy Prout, who was a 15-year-old freshman at the elite boarding school when she accused then senior Owen Labrie of sexually assaulting her.

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Long before the #MeToo movement took down politicians, movie moguls and powerful media personalities, St. Paul’s School in Concord was grappling with its own history of sexual misconduct.

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The head of the elite St. Paul’s School in Concord is resigning.

Michael Hirschfeld has been part of the prestigious prep school’s faculty since 1994, and has led the institution for the past seven years. Like many administrators, he is also an alumni, and he sent both his children to St Paul’s.

Hirschfeld made the announcement at the school’s Chapel assembly Thursday and in a letter to the greater St Paul’s community. He didn’t explain why he was leaving the school, just that “the time is right for new leadership.”

The 2018 -2019 school year will be his last.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 3, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

The state Attorney General's office launches a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving three Dartmouth College professors.  A report regarding sexual abuse by faculty and staff at St. Paul’s School contains new allegations against five individuals.  And residents struggle to recover from the fourth-largest power outage in state history.

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St. Paul’s School in Concord has notified parents and the wider community that there have been new accounts of sexual misconduct at the school.

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New Hampshire's Attorney General Gordon MacDonald recently announced a criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations at St. Paul's School, in Concord. We discussed recent local stories involving private schools such as St. Paul's, as well as the broader culture in elite boarding schools that may contribute to this issue.  And we talked with a N.H. lawmaker who says she'll be working on changing laws to better protect victims of sexual violence.  


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Seventy years after his death, the life and accomplishments of John Gilbert Winant were honored Friday during a statue dedication ceremony in Concord.

Complete with a military band, prominent politicians and no shortage of cameras, it was just the kind of show Winant would have hated.

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A teen who was sexually assaulted during a game of sexual conquest at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school is writing a book.

Chessy Prout made her first public comments about the assault last year, describing what happened to her at St. Paul's School in Concord in 2014 when she was a 15-year-old freshman.

Prout's memoir, "I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope," is being co-written with Boston Globe journalist Jenn Abelson. It will be published in March.

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Saint Paul’s School alumni and families will gather on campus for their annual reunion and graduation ceremonies this weekend, and the school is using the occasion as an opportunity to reflect on recent revelations about decades-old sexual abuse by faculty and staff.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 26, 2017

May 25, 2017

Senate Republicans are confident their state budget plan will clear the full Senate. A  full-day kindergarten proposal is tied to the lottery game KENO.  St. Paul’s School releases a report detailing allegations of sexual assault by faculty and staff decades ago. And Fish & Game Officials are flooded with calls to save trouble-making bears in Hanover.


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An investigation into sexual misconduct at St. Paul’s School in Concord has found substantiated claims of abuse involving 13 former faculty and staff. NHPR’s Peter Biello spoke with Cambridge attorney Eric MacLeish, who has experience litigating against institutions accused of sexually abusing children, and has been in touch with three alleged victims of sexual misconduct by St. Paul’s faculty and staff.

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A revered debate coach and one-time head of the Advanced Studies Program who groped and exposed himself to multiple female students.

A history teacher and cross-country coach who sexually assaulted, massaged and propositioned multiple male students. 

Labrie Denied New Trial in St. Paul's Sexual Assault Case

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A Concord judge Wednesday denied a new trial for St. Paul graduate Owen Labrie. Labrie was convicted in 2015 of having sex with a minor on the prep school campus.

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The victim in the Owen Labrie sexual assault case is speaking out publicly for the first time.

In an interview Tuesday morning on NBC’s The Today Show, 17-year-old Chessy Prout spoke about her decision to reveal her identity.

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The victim in the Owen Labrie sexual assault case will speak out publicly for the first time during an interview on NBC’s The Today Show Tuesday morning.

The teenage girl has remained anonymous since the assault took place on the St. Paul’s School campus in May of 2014. She was 15 years old at the time.

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Lawyers for a New Hampshire prep school sex assault victim say parents and alumni at St. Paul's School helped raise over $100,000 for her alleged attacker's defense team.

The Boston Globe reports documents filed in a New Hampshire federal court Thursday allege that Joshua Abram, described as a "prominent SPS parent" in the filings, contributed $10,000 and solicited more donations from other parents and alumni.

The money allegedly helped graduate Owen Labrie pay for prominent attorney J.W. Carney, who represented notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

An elite New Hampshire prep school reeling from the conviction of a former student for sexual assault is hosting a symposium on youth and technology with the goal of publishing a guidebook on social media to help schools.

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The parents of a girl who was sexually assaulted by a former graduate of St. Paul’s School are suing the Concord prep school. The family filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court.

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Since Owen Labrie, 20, was charged and convicted of sexually assaulting a then-15-year-old freshman girl at St. Paul's school in Concord, the former graduate has remained silent when it comes to the media.

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A graduate of an exclusive New Hampshire prep school who was convicted of sexually assaulting a younger student rejected a string of plea deals that would have meant less jail time and no registration as a sex offender.

Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray said Friday he believes the most recent deal offered to 20-year-old Owen Labrie called for a 30-day sentence and no sex offender registration.

St. Paul's Grad Faces A Year In Jail For Sexual Assault

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A St. Paul's School graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a then 15-year-old freshman will serve a year in county jail with five years' probation. 

But because the defense is appealing the charges, 20-year-old Owen Labrie was able to walk out of the courtroom Thursday on bail.

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After this summer’s rape trial ended in conviction of a former St. Paul’s student on several counts, many educators and parents are taking stock of teachable moments: do teenagers understand the concept of consent, how does media influence their thinking, how can they protect themselves and others. We’ll look at how well we prepare our youth for these situations.

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A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest must register as a sex offender for life, a punishment his lawyer likens to being branded.

Legal experts and reform advocates say the punishment exceeds the crime.

Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie was convicted Friday following a two-week trial that exposed a practice at St. Paul's School in Concord known as Senior Salute, in which graduating students try to have sex with younger classmates.

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The trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at St.Paul’s School charged with raping a 15-year old school mate in 2014, ended last week with his acquittal on the most serious felony rape charges and convictions on several lesser charges.

This case has drawn national media coverage and raised questions about how such cases get reported in an age of instant electronic communication, live-tweeting, and streaming video. 

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The jury has rendered a verdict in the trial of Owen Labrie, accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at St. Paul's School in 2014.

Labrie was acquitted Friday of three felony rape charges but convicted of three misdemeanor sexual assault charges.

Labrie was also convicted of a felony charge of using a computer to lure a minor for sexual contact. If given the maximum sentence, he could face up to 11 years in prison.

Jurors reached the verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

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The defense has rested in the trial involving the alleged rape of a 15-year-old freshman at St. Paul’s School in Concord. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday morning.

The 19-year-old defendant Owen Labrie was on the stand all day Wednesday. Labrie told the jury that he played varsity soccer, had a leadership role on campus and graduated summa cum laude. Labrie also talked about his plans to study theology at Harvard after graduation.

On the stand, he characterized his relationship with the then 15-year-old alleged victim as "friendly and flirty."  He said their encounter was consensual, and that they never had sex.

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