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Former NH Prep School Official Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault

A judge on Friday approved a plea agreement for 75-year-old Arthur Peekel, whose 12-month sentence was suspended

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A former New Hampshire prep school admissions officer in the 1970s who went on to become Teacher of the Year at another school has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge and has to register as a sex offender. 

A judge on Friday approved a plea agreement for 75-year-old Arthur Peekel, whose 12-month sentence was suspended. 

Peekel was charged from his time at Phillips Exeter Academy. He was accused of assaulting Lawrence Jenkens when the then-14-year-old visited the school in 1973. 

Peekel went on to teach at an Illinois high school, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1992. Officials there said they were unaware of the Exeter allegations when they hired him, and none were made against him there. 

The Associated Press generally doesn't name people who say they're sexual abuse victims, but Jenkens said he wanted to discuss his case publicly.

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