Elite NH prep school says teacher admitted sexual misconduct


EXETER, N.H. (AP) — An elite New Hampshire boarding school has alerted alumni that a longtime teacher has admitted to sexual misconduct with students in the 1970s and 1980s.

Phillips Exeter Academy sent an email to alumni Wednesday that Rick Schubart acknowledged the misconduct after the school received reports in 2011 and 2015. It said he was forced to retire and leave campus housing in 2011. He was stripped of his emeritus status and banned from campus in 2015.

School Principal Lisa MacFarlane told The Boston Globe the school’s response was insufficient, and apologized.

Thomas Hassan, husband of New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, was principal in 2011. He says he sought to balance the victim’s privacy with the need to protect the community.

Schubart taught history for 38 years. He didn’t answer calls Thursday.