Apr 14, 2016 5:19 PM

Phillips Exeter investigation widens, NH1 News finds 3rd faculty member accused of misconduct


EXETER - NH1 News has learned the name of a third former employee at Phillips Exeter Academy who was accused of "inappropriate conduct."

A 2013 letter sent to alumni by then-principal Thomas Hassan, who is the husband of Gov. Maggie Hassan, said a former student came forward that spring with accusations against Thomas Wood.

Wood worked at the school in 1966 and 1967. Wood also served as headmaster of Friends' Central School in Pennsylvania where the allegations surfaced after his death. Wood died in 2007 and the allegations were never confirmed. In 2013, a building at Friends' Central School that was named in his memory was renamed in light of the allegations.

Wednesday, a letter was sent out to the Phillips Exeter community alerting them that Steve Lewis, a longtime photography instructor at the school, admitted to sexual encounters with a student more than 20 years ago. Lewis is off the job and barred from all campus events.

Two weeks ago, a letter went out about former teacher Rick Schubart’s sexual misconduct involving two students in the 1970’s and ’80s. Schubart confessed to the misconduct in 2011 and was “stripped of his emeritus status and permanently barred from campus and all Exeter events.”

Exeter police said Schubart's and Lewis' cases have passed the statute of limitations and no charges may be filed. The investigation is expected to wrap up soon, said Chief Bill Shupe.

"We still have open investigations but none of those involve current faculty members of Phillips Exeter Academy," Shupe said.

NH1 News has filed a Right-To-Know request with Exeter Police, requesting all cases that allege sexual misconduct involving Phillips Exeter Academy.

Colleen Shaughnessy is a multimedia journalist for NH1 News. You can email her at cshaughnessy@nh1.com and follow her on Twitter, @ColleenNH1.


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