Campus rape

Prep school teen accused of rape spoke of sordid sexual conquest “tradition,” cops say

One of the nation’s top preparatory high schools, St. Paul’s School, will now join the league of educational institutions around the United States to face allegations of rape on campus. Owen Labrie, a 19-year-old Vermont resident, will be tried for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in May 2014 during his final days as a student at the Concord, New Hampshire campus. The prestigious school boasts a litany of famous and powerful former students including Secretary of State John Kerry, former FBI Director Robert Mueller and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau, in addition to several members of Congress. Labrie has pleaded not guilty, but authorities say that when he was arrested, he opened up about the troubling culture he said is entrenched at the school. He allegedly told a detective about a tradition known as the “Senior Salute,” a contest in which graduating male seniors try to take the virginity of younger female students. Plus, Labrie alleges that the school is aware of the tradition and literally covers it up by repeatedly painting over a wall that provides some evidence of its existence. Jury selection in the case began Monday and arguments are expected to begin on Tuesday.

Read the full story at Newser and The Associated Press.

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