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Judge tosses defamation lawsuit filed by Gatsas over Manchester West High rape


New Hampshire Union Leader
April 12. 2018

MANCHESTER — A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by former Manchester mayor Ted Gatsas against a former city alderman and Queen City resident who accused him of covering up a 2015 rape at Manchester High School West.

In her decision, dated April 4, Judge Gillian Abramson writes that it can be “readily inferred” that Gatsas “was aware of certain information that was not shared with the Board of School Committee.”

“It can also be inferred that the plaintiff (Gatsas) was attempting to downplay his knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the rape,” writes Abramson. “Finally, given that the rape and its subsequent public disclosure both occurred during election years, it can be inferred that whatever actions plaintiff did take were made with political considerations in mind.”

Gatsas acknowledges receiving email, phone call on 2015 sexual assault from school official

Mayor also confirms he queried assistant superintendent on perpetrator’s race
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mayor Ted Gatsas acknowledged Monday that he received an email and telephone call from a top school district official on Sept. 30, 2015 informing him that a sexual assault had occurred earlier that day at West High School.

But the mayor said he did not realize the “severity” of the incident until last week, when Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis Hogan announced that Bryan Wilson of Manchester had been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault involving a 14-year-old female student.

Assistant Superintendent David Ryan told WMUR that prior to sending an email to Gatsas and other school board members, he told the mayor in a phone call that a “rape” had occurred at the school.

“The mayor’s first words back to me was to ask what color the boy was,” Ryan said. “I did answer him. But I was shocked by the question.”

Officials speak out on silence following rape at West High

MANCHESTER — The police chief. The mayor. The school superintendent. The county prosecutor.

All acknowledged this week that parents and the public deserve to know when serious crimes take place in city schools. But each said it wasn’t their job to do so.

The officials spoke after news emerged of the 2015 rape of a 14-year-old student in a remote hallway at Manchester High School West.

The rape was not officially disclosed until Thursday, when Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis Hogan issued a press release about the 10- to 20-year sentence received by the rapist, then-West High student Bryan Wilson.

The rape occurred at one of the city’s two magnet high schools, schools which offer special programs that draw students from across the city and tuition towns.

West offers two magnet programs — the STEAM program, which emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics — and Navy Junior ROTC. 

In an interview on Thursday, Mayor Ted Gatsas said “we were not told a rape took place at West.” But after Police Chief Nick Willard told a reporter that he informed Gatsas at least twice, Gatsas said the discussion revolved around locking the hallway doors after an unspecified “incident.”