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September 27, 2013

Lawsuit: Brooks School alumnus sexually abused by administrator

Alumnus, 51, says female staffer raped him when he was 15


Doe said in the lawsuit that Poirot arranged to have him assigned to her husband as his Brooks adviser, and used this arrangement to have him in their home to receive help with his studies. Instead of educational assistance, he drank wine and beer and smoked marijuana in the Poirot home, according to Doe.

Eventually, he was sexually abused by Poirot — in her office, in her home on the Brooks campus, in his dorm room, in her car and in other locations, Doe said. He said her husband even caught them in bed and in the shower together, but said and did nothing about the incidents.

Doe said he was asked frequently by fellow students about his relationship with Poirot.

“I got ribbed all the time because I stopped doing things with my classmates and took all the time with her,” Doe said. “The headmaster’s wife asked me on more than one occasion, ‘What’s up with you and Mrs. Poirot?’ A couple of faculty members asked me about it too, but nobody did anything. Nobody tried to keep me from her house. It should have been obvious to a lot of people because I spent all that time walking around the campus with her.’’

Initially, Doe said he felt “embarrassed” and “ashamed” when Poirot, then in her early 30s, approached him. He tried to avoid her, he said.

But, at some point, his resistance broke down, he recalled, and Doe became sexually obsessed with Poirot and fell in love with the woman, who was twice his age.

“At the time, I believed I was the only one in the world for her and we were going to run away,” Doe said. “I intentionally didn’t graduate on time. I failed on purpose because I didn’t want to leave Lois. I threw everything out the window — my education, my sports — to be with her.’’

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