Jul 13, 2016 6:03 PM

UPDATE: Phillips Exeter student arrested in June, charged with 'forcible fondling'


EXETER - A former Phillips Exeter Academy student was arrested and charged with forcible fondling, the latest of several investigations into sexual misconduct incidents at the prestigious school.

Chukwudi Ikpeazu, 18, of Parkland, Florida turned himself in to Exeter Police on June 3 after a female student claimed he groped her under her clothing in the Phillips Church basement, as the 17-year-old repeatedly said "No." The incident allegedly took place during the fall 2015 school semester.

Details of the victim's allegations were outlined in a Boston Globe investigate report published on Wednesday. In it, the victim said school officials allegedly recommended she not report the incident to police. The minister of the church also suggested Ikpeazu bake the victim monkey bread once a week as an "act of penance" in lieu of any other form of punishment.

The victim reported the alleged assault to the Rockingham County Attorney's Office in early May, and a warrant for Ikpeazu's arrest was issued during the first week of June.

Police records show Ikpeazu was charged with sexual assault in the form of forcible fondling. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance and is due back in court in August.

On Wednesday, Exeter Police declined comment on the most recent incident because it is still an open investigation.

Representatives from Phillips Exeter Academy sent a statement to NH1 on Wednesday evening, saying:

"The Boston Globe has reported on a recent case of alleged sexual assault by one of our former students against another while they were students. This incident and the manner in which it was handled, which left one of our students feeling that she was not well served, are both of grave concern to the leadership of the school. We do have extensive protocols in place for dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct, but questions have been raised about whether they were followed appropriately. This case is in the hands of legal authorities who are still investigating, and we don't yet have all the facts. As a result, we cannot comment further, other than to say we approach this investigation with humility, openness and a sincere desire to improve wherever we can in matters of student safety and well-being. We are committed to taking whatever actions are needed to make Exeter a better school."

These allegations adds to a long list of sex scandals as the school, and NH1 may have uncovered another, obtaining paperwork through a Right-To-Know request regarding a child exploitation investigation from 2003 that was suspended.

Exeter Police did not comment on this investigation either, saying they did not recall it happening.

Read the full article on the Boston Globe for more on the latest accusation.


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