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Mar 2, 2017 2:27 PM

Phillips Exeter Academy names 5 more former staff members accused of sexual misconduct

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EXETER — In a report released Thursday, Phillips Exeter Academy has named five more former staff members accused of sexual misconduct.

Those former staff members are described in the report as follows:

  1. Donald Foster. Mr. Foster was a teacher of anthropology at PEA from 1973 until 2011. PEA has received allegations that Mr. Foster engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward two students, once in the early 1980s and again several years later. Mr. Foster, through counsel, has declined to be interviewed by H&K. Effective today, Mr. Foster has been stripped of his faculty emeritus status and barred from the PEA campus.
  2. George Mangan. Mr. Mangan was a teacher of English at PEA from 1976 until 2009. PEA has received allegations that Mr. Mangan engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward two students at an off-campus location in the 1980s. Mr. Mangan died in 2009.
  3. Henry Ploegstra. Mr. Ploegstra was a teacher of English at PEA from 1962 until 1980. PEA has received allegations that Mr. Ploegstra engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward three students between 1966 and 1980. Mr. Ploegstra has denied the allegations. Mr. Ploegstra has been barred from the PEA campus.
  4. Eldeff Schwaab. Dr. Schwaab was employed as a psychologist at PEA from 1965 until 1976. PEA has received an allegation that Dr. Schwaab engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward a student in the early 1970s. Dr. Schwaab died in 2003.
  5. We have also learned of a new allegation involving Lane Bateman, who was a teacher of drama/theater at PEA from 1980 until 1992. In July 1992, Mr. Bateman was arrested and charged with possession and interstate distribution of child pornography. His employment at PEA was terminated immediately, and he never returned to the PEA campus. He was convicted of the charges and sentenced to five years in federal prison. There was widespread media coverage at the time of Mr. Bateman’s trial, which included reports that he secretly videotaped PEA students in dorm rooms and bathrooms. PEA received an allegation that Mr. Bateman sexually abused a student in the 1980s. Mr. Bateman died in 2013.

The school said it has reported all cases to the proper authorities.

The investigation into the allegations was conducted by Holland & Knight.

NH1 News will update this story with more from the report.

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