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Prep school grad convicted of sexual assault sentenced to 1 year in prison

Owen Labrie, center, listens to his lawyer J.W. Carney, left, before his sentencing in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Oct. 29, 2015. Labrie, who was found guilty of having sex with an underage girl while the two were students at the elite St. Paul’s School here, was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and five years of probation. (Jim Cole/Pool via The New York Times) — FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY —

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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