Former St. Paul’s Teacher Arrested in AG Probe

  • David Pook

Concord Monitor
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Concord — A former St. Paul’s School teacher accused of having a relationship with a student is the first person to face charges in connection with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office investigation into the elite boarding school.

David O. Pook, 47, of Warner, N.H., faces two counts each of witness tampering and conspiracy to commit perjury, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Pook taught at St. Paul’s for eight years before leaving “under questionable circumstances in 2008,” the attorney general’s office said. After leaving St. Paul’s, Pook was hired by the Derryfield School in Manchester. According to the school’s website, Pook teaches courses in the humanities and is chairman of the history department.

“The investigation focused on Mr. Pook’s relationship with a female student at St. Paul’s School while he was a teacher at the school,” the Attorney General’s Office said.

Both Pook and the former student testified before a grand jury, and arrest warrants were later issued for Pook’s arrest, authorities said. The female’s name and the identity of other witnesses are being withheld for 90 days. As a result, related court records are under seal.

The attorney general’s investigation into the elite boarding school’s handling of reports of sexual assault and misconduct began in July 2017. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said previously the office will initially focus on whether the school endangered the welfare of children or broke a law that prohibits the obstruction of criminal investigations.

In launching the criminal probe, the attorney general’s office cited two reports released by St. Paul’s in 2017 on faculty abuse of students spanning decades. Top prosecutors also said they would be looking into more recent reports, including sexual conquest games such as the “Senior Salute.” The game took center stage at the 2015 sexual assault trial of St. Paul’s graduate and Tunbridge resident Owen Labrie, who was convicted of using the internet to lure an underclassman for sex.

Pook is scheduled to be arraigned March 15 in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord.