NH Attorney General Finds No Wrongdoing in Exeter Deans Case
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general's office has found that a county prosecutor's office did nothing wrong when it refused to pursue charges against two deans from an elite prep school for failing to properly report sexual assault allegations.
Phillips Exeter Academy's Arthur J. Cosgrove and Melissa D. Mischke were accused by police in 2016 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 another student in a school church basement.
The attorney general's office said Friday that the Rockingham County attorney's office didn't abuse its prosecutorial discretion in the case. The office concluded that conflicting accounts of when the victim told the deans of the sexual assault made it difficult to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.