Dartmouth College professors face criminal investigation for alleged 'sexual misconduct'

Mindy Sparks
October 31, 2017

After three Dartmouth College professors were placed on leave, officials with the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office announced on Tuesday that several state agencies are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a statement, Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald's office said it had spoken with Dartmouth officials about their investigation.

Police are focusing their investigation on allegations of sexual misconduct, according to an email sent to students by Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon.

When it was reported last week that three Dartmouth College professors had been placed on leave, the college was mostly mum as to why, saying only that the faculty members were being investigated for "serious misconduct" and had been restricted from coming to campus.

Professors Bill Kelley, Todd Heatherton and Paul Whalen are all faculty in Dartmouth's Center for Social Brain Sciences, according to their faculty web pages.

The college previously announced its own investigation into the three professors.

At the time, the college said its internal investigation would protect "the rights of all parties and promotes the safety of our campus community". Local law enforcement said they knew nothing of the allegations.

The joint criminal investigation is being handled by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, New Hampshire State Police, the Grafton County Sheriff's Office, and the Hanover Police Department.

Anyone with information about the allegations can call Trooper Catherine Shackford (603) 419-8014 or email atherine.shackford@dos.nh.gov.

MacDonald said he is constrained in providing further deatils because the matter is now a criminal investigation.

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