New Hampshire Prep School Settles Sexual Assault Case

FREE Case evaluation

Serious injuries deserve experienced attorneys

New Hampshire School Sexual AssaultSt. Paul’s School in Concord has settled a lawsuit filed by the parents of former student Chessie Prout, who accused the prep school of not protecting their daughter from sexual assault when she was 15.

According to police records, Owen A. Labrie forced Prout to have sex with him in the school’s center for mathematics and science on May 30, 2014. He got her to meet him there by giving her a “senior salute,” a tradition in which senior boys send younger girls emails to solicit a romantic encounter.

Labrie was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, but was acquitted of rape. He was sentenced to one year in jail in October 2015 and was required to register as a sex offender for life. Judge Larry Smukler told Labrie at the sentencing that he didn’t believe the sex was consensual.

“A child such as the victim is not sufficiently mature to handle a sexual situation with an older person such as yourself. That’s the crime you were convicted of,” Smukler said.

“Never did I imagine that my life would be traumatically transformed into that of a sexual assault survivor as a high school freshman,” Prout wrote in a statement. “What started as me speaking up for myself turned into something bigger: standing up against a 162-year institution with a secret history of rape and cover-up.”

Prout said that she hopes the lawsuit motivated the school to create a culture where student well-being comes first.

The Prout family’s attorney said that the family was glad the legal process was over and that Chessie was excited to return to her advocacy work with other sexual assault victims.

Archibald Cox Jr., president of the Board of Trustees at St. Paul’s referred to the settlement as a “welcomed outcome.”

“We continue to admire Ms. Prout’s courage and commend her efforts surrounding sexual assault prevention,” he wrote.

Labrie is currently appealing his conviction.

This isn’t the first time a school has been sued overs sexual abuse. Last December, the families of 15 girls who were allegedly molested by a teacher’s aide in an Oklahoma school filed a lawsuit against the Perry School District.

The lawsuit claimed the school board failed to protect the elementary students from being sexually abused by 86-year-old Arnold Cowen. It said the school’s former principal, Kenda Miller, told the alleged victims to not report Cowen’s actions because it could get others into trouble.

The lawsuit also accused teacher Jeffrey Sullins of reprimanding a student for writing a note to another student about the alleged sexual abuse.

“Instead of reporting the sexual assaults or informing the victim’s parents, Sullins told Jane Doe, 12, that she was a ‘liar’ and that ‘he believed none of it,'” the lawsuit said.

When sexual assaults take place, you need the help of attorneys you can trust. Cohen & Cohen has experience handling tough cases of sexual aggression, including the high profile Massage Envy lawsuit. Reach out today to get the help you need.

Personal Injury Attorneys In:

Washington DC | Maryland | Virginia

workers compensation attorneys in dc

Featured on

Injury Attorneys DC, MD, VA – Get the Compensation You Deserve! Whether you have been injured in a car accident, a malpractice victim, injured on the job, as the result of shoddy craftsmanship, or in a slip and fall, we can help! Our experienced, competent attorneys excel in all areas of personal injury law.

PRACTICE AREAS

Catastrophic Injuries DC, MD, VA

Automobile Accidents DC, MD, VA

Workers’ Compensation DC, MD, VA

Slip and Fall DC, MD, VA

Medical Malpractice DC, MD, VA

Wrongful Death DC, MD, VA

Truck Accidents DC, MD, VA

Motorcycle Accidents DC, MD, VA

Metro Train Accident DC, MD, VA

FREE CASE EVALUATION

Our team is available and ready to help you with your case. Feel free to contact us via the form below or call us 24/7 at 202-955-4529

RECENT POSTS

Client Review

"My experience with Cohen & Cohen was beyond my expectations. Jill did an amazing job with negotiating on my behalf and got me way more money than I anticipated. Thank you for having my back."
L Proctor
Client Review

"I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. I received more than the amount that I originally thought and am very satisfied with how my case turned out. Jill, the attorney working on my case did an excellent job advocating for me to the insurance company and getting me a good settlement. A special shout out to Bryan Moran, who always kept me posted on the updates of my case and was always super responsive to my questions. They are a really thoughtful team, I would definitely recommend to my friends and family."
Carolina Bazan
Client Review

Hear from our clients

If you have been injured, contact Cohen & Cohen for a free case evaluation today. Our staff is available 24/7 to assist you.

Cohen & Cohen has an  impeccable Client Satisfaction Rating with hundreds of
5 STAR Reviews. We are among the best-rated firms in the areas we serve.

Cohen & Cohen has an  impeccable Client Satisfaction Rating with hundreds of
5 STAR Reviews. We are among the best-rated firms in the areas we serve.

L Proctor
August 30, 2022.
My experience with Cohen &Cohen was beyond my expectations. Jill did an amazing job with negotiating on my behalf and got me way more money than I anticipated. Thank you for having my back.
Ebony Stoutmiles
June 23, 2022.
To say that I am happy with the outcome of my case is the understatement of the century! Jill Stanley is a BEAST at what she does. That is the only way to explain it. She takes no prisoners. She and her team are very skilled and knowledgeable. I am so happy I trusted them to do their job and rolled with Jill's suggestions. I would choose Jill again 100 times. She settled my case for more than I imagined I would receive. I was literally in tears. It is the best feeling to know my pain isn't for naught. Wayne Cohen and Kristopher Yorke were nothing short of amazing. They have the patience of saints. I'm 100% certain that I got on their last nerves with my frustration and tears at every other call I had with them. Being in pain and wanting to just be able to heal was all I could focus on, but they helped me realize that I also had to focus on the bigger picture (the case) so I could put this piece behind me. As a high-strung individual with anxiety, it was hard for me to not worry and let them do their jobs, but they reassured me all of the time that they had this. To be injured before the start of the pandemic and have to receive regular, weekly treatment while others are able to stay home is anxiety inducing. I was in pain, I was anxious, and I was just hoping it all worked out. It more than worked out. I hope Jill, Siri, and Kris know how much their hard work and "hanging in there" meant to me. I am eternally grateful. I can't recommend you all enough. If you choose this law firm, you won't be sorry!
Beloved Temple
June 3, 2022.
I was very pleased with the handling of my case and settlement with Cohen& Cohen. I appreciate them, would highly recommend them.
willie howell
May 25, 2022.
COHEN & COHEN ARE THE BEST I WAS INVOLVED IN A REAR END CAR CRASH AND 2 YEARS LATER I HAVE RECEIVED MY SETTLEMENT I AM VERY EXCITED TO SAY BRYAN!!! IS THE MAN HE INSURED THEY WILL TAKE CARE OF ME AND THEY DID 100% ANY QUESTIONS I ASKED THEY WERE ANSWERED. Jill and SIRI WAS ALSO REMARKABLE AND SHOWED THEY REALLY CARED I RECOMMEND COHEN &COHEN TO ANYONE THEY ALSO MADE SURE I GOT MORE THAN EXPECTED WHICH WAS AMAZING I APPRECIATE YOU GUYS THANK U💯
Jose Rivera
May 25, 2022.
The legal team at cohen & cohen did a great job I really appreciate the hard work on gating my compensation in a fair amount of time. Special thanks to Kris for a wonderful job
Lea Harvey
May 25, 2022.
I had a great experience with the team at Cohen & Cohen. From my intake attorney, Adam, to the paralegal, Bryan, who worked with me regularly for months to document and prepare my case, to Jill, the attorney who secured my settlement, I feel fortunate to have had their representation and expertise on my side.
Cameron Galloway (HustleDaGod)
May 19, 2022.
Kris was phenomenal. Spectacular communication & knowledge in regards to my case. Would definitely return if I needed more legal services. 100% definitely recommend.

Best Personal Injury Lawyer in DC

SuperLawyers2010
SuperLawyers2011
SuperLawyers2012
SuperLawyers2014

Cohen & Cohen Has Been Featured On

FREE CASE EVALUATION

Our team is available and ready to help you with your case. Feel free to contact us via the form below or call us 24/7 at 202-955-4529

7 + 12 =

Read more: