Souhegan High dean arrested at strip club

AMHERST – The dean of students at Souhegan High School was put on leave this week after his arrest in the early morning of April 26 at a Salisbury, Mass., strip club.

Peter Gagnon, 37, of Pelham, was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after it reportedly took three police officers to remove him from Ten’s Show Club.

In a statement on the school district website, Superintendent Peter Warburton said Gagnon has been put on administrative leave.

According to the Newburyport Daily News, three officers responded to the club shortly after midnight after management said a patron was getting too close to the dancers and entered the women’s room several times.

Police reported that Gagnon was intoxicated, and it took three officers to handcuff him, and that he encouraged them to use a Taser on him, which they did briefly.

Gagnon was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to be in Newburyport District Court for a pretrial hearing June 27.

Gagnon has been dean of students for the

Amherst-Mont Vernon high school since 2013. Before that, he coordinated the International Baccalaureate Programme at Bedford High School. He began his career as a biology teacher at Timberlane High School in Plaistow.

Police say they contacted his wife that night and she said the conduct sounded completely out of character for him.

Warburton said in his statement that the incident “occurred off campus during the vacation week. The allegations involving Mr. Gagnon did not involve any students of the District and did not occur during work hours. There are no known allegations related to student safety.”

Warburton also wrote he would “maintain the practice of refraining from public comment regarding personnel.”