Owen Labrie, the now 20-year-old graduate of an exclusive and historic prep school in New Hampshire was sentenced to a year in prison and probation on Thursday. Labrie, who hails from Vermont, was found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault in August, but was acquitted of felony rape. A judge had upheld his conviction earlier this month. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 3 1/2 years to 7 years, while Labrie’s lawyer argued for probation and community service, maintaining that the sex between Labrie and the victim was consensual. Labrie was accused of forcing a sexual encounter on a 15-year-old girl at the school. He was 18 at the time of the incident. The case triggered a scandal at the 159-year-old St. Paul’s Prep, a school famed for turning out numerous high-profile graduates over the decades. Amid the testimony, details of a sordid “senior salute” tradition emerged, a competition in which senior male students would try to amass sexual conquests with younger female students before graduating. Labrie will be required to register as a sex offender and his lawyer says Labrie has come to be known “as the St. Paul’s rapist” — even though the jury acquitted him of rape.
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