Official Tasked With Ensuring N.H.'s St. Paul's School Compliance After Abuse Claims Resigns

This Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, shows the entrance to St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP File)
This Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, shows the entrance to St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP File)

An official overseeing the response by St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire to cases of campus sexual misconduct has resigned, saying school leaders are blocking his efforts.

In 2018, the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office reached a settlement agreement with the school, requiring an outside official -- Jeffrey Maher — to oversee St. Paul's compliance. That year, an investigation found credible evidence of sexual abuse against students by faculty going back decades.

Since then, Maher has released a summary revealing multiple reports of abuse involving students on and off campus.

In his resignation letter sent Monday, Maher said the school had created “an intolerable working environment” for him and tried to limit his access to information.

Sarah Aldag, a spokesperson for the school, denies these allegations.

“Mr. Maher’s contention about the school resisting investigations is false,” said the school in a statement. “To the contrary, the school has initiated numerous investigations using independent professionals into allegations of misconduct received by the school, regardless of whether there may be civil or criminal consequences."

The school believes Maher overstepped his position, and says it mentioned these concerns to the state in early October.

“We believe that Mr. Maher has acted outside the role of the Compliance Overseer as set forth in the Settlement Agreement,” said the school in a statement. “We believe that the school has complied with all of its obligations under the Settlement Agreement and will continue to honor these obligations going forward.

Maher started working for the school in 2019. The position was contracted for up to five years.

This story is a production of the New England News Collaborative. A version was originally published by New Hampshire Public Radio on Oct. 19, 2020.



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