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School Monitor For Sex Abuse Claims Quits, Cites Retaliation

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

A monitor appointed to oversee the handling of sexual abuse claims at St. Paul's School in Concord has resigned, accusing campus officials of thwarting his efforts.

CONCORD, N.H.: A monitor appointed to oversee the handling of sexual abuse claims at St. Paul’s School in Concord has resigned, accusing campus officials of thwarting his efforts.

Jeffrey Maher was appointed as the schools independent compliance overseer last year as part of an agreement with the attorney generals office that subjected the school to up to five years of government oversight in lieu of criminal charges. The 2018 agreement followed an investigation that found credible evidence of abuse involving 20 former faculty members over several decades.

Maher, a former college safety director and police captain, resigned Monday, citing what he called an intolerable working environment. He said school leadership questioned many conditions of the agreement, discouraged investigations that could have legal impacts and tried to limit his access to information. He said an administrator publicly berated him and that he was retaliated against for trying to do his job.

Maher also said he is facing a seemingly orchestrated threat of a civil lawsuit by an administrator.

I have been criticized and accused of exceeding the scope of my responsibilities, he wrote. It would seem such accusations arrive only when I am less than laudatory of the schools policies and protocols.

A spokesperson for St. Pauls School did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Mahers resignation letter raises very serious concerns, and that his office is working with the school to address the future of the settlement agreement and the role of the compliance overseer. He thanked Maher for his work, particularly in the face of what had plainly become an untenable situation.

Mahers job included regularly reporting the status of the schools compliance with the agreement. His most recent report, in January, said the school was doing a better job of addressing complaints but should improve its policies around investigating crimes and assisting victims.

The report also said the school received 31 incident reports over the last six months of 2019. The incidents, mostly involving sexual or physical assault, occurred on and off the campus. More than half were incidents that happened in the past, but the report did not give a time frame.

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