Pook to plead guilty
Former St. Paul’s educator accused of covering up sexual relationship with a student
CONCORD – Former St. Paul’s School teacher David Pook is due to plead guilty today to charges related to his relationship with a student.
Pook, 47, of Warner, is charged with two counts of witness tampering and two counts of perjury. New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jane Young confirmed Pook is scheduled for a change of plea hearing today in the Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, though the details of the plea agreement have not yet been released.
Pook was charged at the end of February for his alleged actions after a grand jury investigation of the sexual assault problems at St. Paul’ School in Concord. Pook allegedly had a sexual relationship with one of hisstudents before his 2008 firing.
Last year, Pook reportedly tried to get the young women with whom he allegedly had a sexual relationship to lie to the grand jury.
Authorities have been investigating reports of sexual assaults at St. Paul’s in the wake of the Owen Labrie scandal. Labrie was found guilty in August 2015 of luring an underage student into a sexual encounter while he was an upperclassman. He was convicted on sexual assault and child endangerment counts. The case sparked outrage about the allegedly widespread practice of upperclassmen at the school targeting freshman girls for sex. Labrie is appealing his case to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
The Episcopal school is also now the subject to two lawsuits. One of these features a recent female student who alleges she was sexually assaulted and harassed by other students. The other lawsuit was filed by two former students from the 1960s and 1970s, also alleging sexual misconduct by faculty members.
Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or firstname.lastname@example.org or @Telegraph_DF.