Police wanted to arrest prep school deans in sex abuse case

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:35:20 PM. EXETER, N.H. (AP) - Police recommended two deans from an elite prep school be arrested for failing to properly report allegations a male student groped a female classmate, a state police report shows. The November 2016 state police report, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, shows arrest warrants were prepared for Phillips Exeter Academy's Arthur J. Cosgrove and Melissa D. Mischke. The
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Police recommended two deans from an elite prep school be arrested for failing to properly report allegations a male student groped a female classmate, a state police report shows. The November 2016 state police report, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, shows arrest warrants were prepared for Phillips Exeter Academy's Arthur J. Cosgrove and Melissa D. Mischke. The school is among several in New England that have been the focus of sexual-assault allegations. Cosgrove and Mischke were accused of failing to contact the Department of Health and Human Services after a 17-year-old student told them of being attacked in 2015 by 18-year-old Chukwudi Ikpeazu, of Parkland, Florida, in a school church basement. Prosecutors dropped sexual-assault charges against Ikpeazu in June. Ikpeazu's attorney, Richard Samdperil, said at the time that he maintained his innocence. The warrants for the deans on misdemeanor charges of violating state reporting law were given to the Rockingham County attorney's office. The New York Times, which first reported the story , said the deans were not charged. Rockingham County District Attorney Patricia Conway did not return a call seeking comment. Neither the deans nor a school spokeswoman returned emails seeking comment. It's unclear why the deans were not charged, but the school reached with police in September an agreement saying suspected acts of sexual abuse involving children will be reported to police and to...Read more
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