Campus rape

Jury acquits teen in prep school rape trial, convicts him of misdemeanors

A New Hampshire jury on Friday acquitted 19-year-old Owen Labrie of a felony rape charge, but convicted him of misdemeanor sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. Jurors also found Labrie guilty of using a computer to lure a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. Labrie had been accused of raping the girl, a schoolmate at St. Paul’s, a storied prep school, as part of a sordid tradition known as the “senior salute” that’s allegedly followed by graduating male students. Male students who are leaving the elite prep school are said to compete against one another to see who can have sex with the most girls before graduation. Both sides presented differing accounts of what happened back in May 2014 — the girl claiming he forced intercourse despite her multiple refusals, and Labrie contending that the encounter was consensual and didn’t include intercourse. Prosecutors bolstered their case with claims from friends of Labrie who testified that he told them he had sex with girl. Prosecutors also presented evidence of crude language Labrie used — terms like “slay” and “score” — in referring to his would-be sexual conquests. Labrie broke down in tears as the jury’s verdicts were read.

Read the full story at The Boston Globe.

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