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Judge upholds conviction for Owen Labrie in prep school rape case


Owen Labrie, graduate of the elite St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, who was convicted last August of luring an underage girl into a sexual encounter for the “senior salute” (where graduating students try to sleep with younger classmates), will have to register as a sex offender after a judge on Tuesday upheld his conviction. His lawyers had asked the judge last month to throw out his felony conviction for the fact that he used a computer: “If he had merely called the 15-year-old on the telephone or spoken to her in person, there would be no additional crime,” his lawyers wrote. “Yet because he prearranged the encounter through email and Facebook, he will be subjected to the scrutiny and humiliation of sex offender registration for the rest of his life.”

Nevertheless, Merrimack County superior court judge Larry Smukler rejected the lawyer’s arguments. While Labrie, now 19 years old, was acquitted of the most serious charges (three counts of felony rape), he was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment charges and is now facing a sentence which could range from probation to up to 11 years in prison.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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