EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A spokeswoman for a New Hampshire prep school says officials have “grave concern” about a sex-assault case that was resolved with a male student baking bread for his accuser as “penance.”
The 17-year-old Phillips Exeter Academy student had accused the classmate of groping her. The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that she told two deans about it in the fall, and then later met with a campus minister and the male student.
The Rev. Robert Thompson suggested the boy do “penance” by baking her bread and bringing it to her weekly, rather than going to police. The Globe reported the girl felt additional stress by seeing him every week, and went to police in May.
The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests has called for Thompson to be fired. He didn’t immediately return a phone message.
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