Senator’s Husband Reportedly Mishandled Abuse Allegations

( A 2018 report that accused Tom Hassan, the husband of New Hampshire Democrat Senator Maggie Hassan, of allegedly mishandling sexual abuse complaints while at the state’s prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy is once again making headlines as his wife is running for reelection.

While serving in leadership at the elite boarding school, Hassan failed to properly handle allegations of misconduct, according to an August 2018 report from the independent law firm Holland & Knight. The firm found that Exeter’s school leadership failed to set up an effective protocol for students, faculty, and staff to raise complaints.

Between 2001 and 2008, Tom Hassan served as assistant principal. He then became principal in 2008, serving for six years.

According to the report, throughout Hassan’s tenure as principal, the school administration’s response to complaints of inappropriate conduct was “ineffective” and “incomplete.”

The report stated that because of the absence of an effective protocol, some individuals who experienced some form of sexual misconduct “were not able to seek assistance,” while those who did seek assistance, “were not treated consistently or fairly.”

The investigation found the “systemic deficiencies” resulted in the school’s failure to “respond to, investigate, and communicate internally” when misconduct was reported, “in an effective and appropriate manner.” The report also found that in some circumstances, the school failed to “report misconduct to the appropriate authorities.”

In one such case in 2011, after history professor Richard Schubart admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with a student, Tom Hassan forced him to resign, but let Schubart retain “emeritus status,” attend school events, and continue to participate in student life.

And here’s the kicker. In 2012, Schubart and his wife were both appointed to leadership committees for Maggie Hassan’s gubernatorial campaign, well after Schubart was forced to resign.

It wasn’t until 2015, after Schubart admitted to a second sexual relationship with a student, that Phillips Exeter Academy formally severed all ties with the professor. By then, Hassan was long gone.

According to the 2018 investigation by Holland & Knight, Schubart had engaged in sexually inappropriate contact with four former students and gave a fifth student an inappropriate gift of underwear.

Senator Hassan’s campaign spokesman told Fox News that Republican opponent Don Bolduc’s campaign is only bringing up this scandal to distract from Bolduc’s “extremism.”