Ex-‘teacher of the year’ charged in 1973 prep-school sex assault

SHARE Ex-‘teacher of the year’ charged in 1973 prep-school sex assault

Arthur Peekel, a former Illinois teacher of the year, is accused of sexually assaulting a prospective student while he worked at a New Hampshire prep school in 1973. | Exeter, N.H., Police Department photo

A former Illinois “Teacher of the Year” has been charged with sexually assaulting a prospective student back in 1973 when he worked in the admissions office of Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive New Hamplshire prep school.

Arthur Peekel, 74, is a former Rolling Meadows High School teacher now living in Palatine, the Daily Herald is reporting.

Allegations against Peekel were first made public May 6 by the Boston Globe in a report on child sexual abuse in private schools in the Northeast.

University of North Carolina-Greensboro art professor Lawrence Jenkens told the Globe that he was a 14-year-old prospective Exeter student when Peekel fondled him.

Peekel was the 1991-92 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

He surrendered on Friday to the Exeter, N.H., police. The Exeter police said Peekel faces two misdemeanor charges of sexual assault. He was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. Hhe agreed to have no contact with minors, and also to surrender his passport and sign a waiver of extradition.

Jenkens told the Daily Herald that he spent two nights at Exeter in 1973 as a prospective student. The first night he slept in a dorm. But on the second night, he said, Peekel told him there was no space in the dorms, so he offered Jenkens a cot at his apartment. The cot was next to Peekel’s bed, Jenkens said, and that’s where the sexual assault occurred.

Read the rest of the Daily Herald story here.

The Latest
It’s still a calumny Murdoch continues to poison the nation’s inkwell with fake Fox news; but I am ever so grateful for the day he was forced out the door of the Sun-Times, thus enabling this journalist to witness the golden age of Chicago’s two great American newspapers.
Naperville Central forced four turnovers en route to claiming the rivalry’s WildHawk Trophy for the first time since 2017 and winning at Neuqua Valley for the first time since 2014.
The workers, employed by Levy Restaurants, seek a $20 minimum wage, expanded health care coverage and a pension.
Rapinoe will play her final match for the U.S. women’s national soccer team Sunday at Soldier Field.