- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A jury has ruled in favor of a mother who alleged a New Hampshire prep school wrongfully withdrew her 15-year-old son after he had sex with another student.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the federal jury found Phillips Exeter Academy liable for breach of contract after deliberating for two hours Friday.

The lawsuit alleged the school first said the boy, identified as “John Doe,” would be placed on leave, but could return after seeking therapy. The lawsuit said the boy had sex with a 15-year-old girl in January.

He hasn’t been charged with a crime.

His mother said Exeter changed its mind and decided to withdraw her son altogether as it was responding to reports it mishandled sexual assault and misconduct cases involving staff and students.

Exeter argued it made no “contractual promise” the boy would be allowed to return and said he violated the school’s sexual misconduct policies.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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