Owen Labrie: Acquitted of felony rape, convicted of misdemeanor assault
08/28/2015 11:12 am PDT
Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool
Jurors reached a verdict Friday in the rape trial of Owen Labrie, a St. Paul's School preparatory school graduate accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
The jury of nine men and three women found Labrie guilty of three misdemeanor sexual assault charges. He was found not guilty of felony sexual assault.
The jury deliberated for two days.
Labrie, 19, was accused of raping a 15-year-old female student at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., on the roof of a campus building in May 2014.
Labrie was charged with three counts of aggravated felony sex assault, four counts of misdemeanor sex assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and using a computer to lure a girl via email and Facebook.
Labrie's trial began Monday, Aug. 17.
Labrie was allegedly motivated by a semi-secret tradition at St. Paul's, a prestigious preparatory school, known as "Senior Salute," in which male seniors attempt to take the virginity of as many girls as possible before graduating.
Labrie told police he didn't have sex with the girl, but he did put a condom on. He said he stopped in a moment of self-restraint, and said the girl lied about intercourse out of a source of school pride in having sex with seniors.
The rape is alleged to have occurred two days before Labrie graduated. Labrie graduated with the Rector's Award for "selfless devotion to school activities."
Labrie, an aspiring divinity school student, was accepted at Harvard University, but has since been rejected. He reportedly planned to be a minister.