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October 6, 2013

Campus secrets resurface

It's been a year of confronting old allegations of student abuse for the Brooks School community


“He was ‘Mr. Brooks School.’ Mr. Poirot was such a big part of the school, I don’t think most people dared to approach it. There’s a wrestling room named after him and he’s the guy who let his wife abuse me. It was tremendously stressful to have it that obvious,” he said.

Former Brooks Headmaster H. Peter Aitken, who was at the school from 1973 to 1985, is among the many administrators and teachers “who knew, or should have known, that Poirot was engaging in an improper relationship,” according to the lawsuit, which also names Aitken and Lois Poirot as defendants along with the school. The complaint refers to “Michael Moe Nos. 1 - 10” as future defendants — administrators and teachers — who have not yet been named.

Lawsuit: Administrators ‘observed’ sexual misconduct

The lawsuit alleged that “at least three members of the Brooks administration directly observed explicit sexual conduct between defendant Poirot and John.” It cited these circumstances:

-- Instances where William Poirot caught his wife and Doe in bed, in the shower and in other situations together, “but he did not say or do anything about it.”

-- The Rev. George F. Vought, a chaplain at Brooks, caught Mrs. Poirot and John “in a state of undress. He also took no action, except to glare at John for the next three years.”

--Mrs. Poirot arranged to have herself and Doe spend a weekend at a cottage in Rockport, with Richard Holmes, a history teacher and Brooks director of Alumni, along with his lover. Mrs. Poirot and Doe shared a bedroom and had sexual relations.

The lawsuit also notes that Mrs. Poirot arranged to have her husband assigned as Doe’s advisor. This enabled the student to be in the Poirot home “constantly” to receive help with his studies.

“Instead, he was provided with alcohol and drugs in Poirot’s household,” the lawsuit alleged. “On some occasions, when drugs were delivered to defendant Poirot’s home by a cab driver, John was required to pay for them.” Doe said in an interview that alcohol consisted of beer and wine and that he also smoked marijuana in Poirot’s home.

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