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Former police chief hired to oversee St. Paul’s abuse claims

January 12, 2021 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former police chief has been hired to oversee the handling of sexual abuse claims at St. Paul’s School, replacing a compliance monitor who resigned in protest.

Donald Sullivan’s selection was announced Tuesday by the New Hampshire attorney general’s office, which mandated the position as part of an agreement that subjected the school in Concord 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.

Sullivan most recently served as the Alexandria police department from 2008-2020, and previously was the chief in the town of Hill. The attorney general’s office said he has extensive experience in victim-centered, trauma-informed investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases, and has been a leader in education on such matters.

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“We are confident that Chief Sullivan shares our mission of ensuring that student safety is the top priority at St. Paul’s School,” said Deputy Attorney General Jane Young.

Sullivan replaces Jeffrey Maher, who resigned in October after accusing campus officials of thwarting his efforts. The school denied the allegations.