New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2018

Jane E. Young, Deputy Attorney General
(603) 271-3671

Press Conference – Investigation of St. Paul's School

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces a press conference on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Attorney General's office. At the press conference, Attorney General MacDonald will announce the outcome of the year-long investigation of St. Paul's School.

On July 13, 2017, Attorney General MacDonald initiated a criminal investigation of St. Paul's School. The investigation was initiated as the result of a 2017 report concerning sexual assaults by St. Paul's School teachers on their students; earlier information about student sexual-conquest rituals such as the "senior salute," a practice which led to the highly publicized arrest, trial and conviction of a St. Paul's School student in 2015; and allegations of a similar ritual reported in June 2017.

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, contrary to RSA 639:3; and violations of RSA ch. 642, the Obstructing Governmental Operations chapter of the criminal code. This office also investigated other crimes as dictated by the evidence. Such evidence led to the conviction of former St. Paul's School teacher Dr. David O. Pook for conspiring to commit false swearing before a grand jury investigating St. Paul's School.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
1 Granite Place South | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658