Owen Labrie Faces Sentencing for Prep School Sexual Assault Case

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Owen Labrie Seeks Probation In NH Prep School Sex Assault.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The latest on the sentencing of a former student at an elite prep school who was convicted of sexually assaulting a younger classmate (all times local): The girl gave her statement Thursday via videotape in a New Hampshire courtroom where Owen Labrie is being sentenced. Owen Labrie didn’t just make one bad choice the night he invited a 15-year-old girl to a secluded room on his prep school campus to have sex with her, prosecutors said Thursday.A former New Hampshire prep-school student cleared of raping an underage classmate, but convicted of lesser charges, will be sentenced Thursday in Concord, N.H. He had a plan for how he’d seduce and then trash the girls on his “Senior Salute” list, prosecutors said. “Feign intimacy … then stab them in the back … THROW EM IN THE DUMPSTER,” he wrote in a Facebook chat with a friend in February 2014, nearly four months before the sexual assault for which he was convicted. “i lie in bed with them …. and pretend like i’m in love.” Merrimack County prosecutors released their pre-sentencing memorandum Thursday on the St.

Owen Labrie, 20, faces the possibility of lifetime registration as a sex offender in a case that is stirring debate over whether computer-related laws intended to stop adults preying on minors are stretched too far when used to police the increasingly digital way college and high-school students communicate. Labrie was originally charged with rape, accused of forcing himself on the girl in a nearly deserted school building in 2014, when he was 18 and about to graduate.

Paul’s School graduate, hours before Judge Larry Smukler will determine Labrie’s punishment for his convictions on three misdemeanor counts of having sex with an underage girl, endangering children and a felony charge of using a computer to seduce the girl. Carney, called lifetime sex-offender registration “cruel” and a “scarlet letter,” and asked for probation at the sentencing at Merrimack County Superior Court.

Carney Jr., said Labrie already has been punished — shunned by his alma mater and losing a full scholarship to Harvard, dashing his dream to attend the college’s divinity school. The trial revealed the rape to be part of the school’s “senior salute,” a competition among graduating men to hook up with the most underclassmen before finishing school. Labrie’s online communications showed an “alarming glimpse of calculated, strategic behavior” and said he shouldn’t be released into the community without evaluation by the sex-offender program at the state prison and completion of treatment.

Labrie bragged to friends about how he “hooked up” with the girl, but told the court they never had sex, even after he put on a condom during a consensual encounter. Edmund Piper, a clinical psychologist who has been treating Labrie for 13 months, called him “remarkable” and “mature beyond his years intellectually and responsibility-wise.” A former female classmate called him “the kindest, most brilliant and most authentic friend I have,” adding that his conviction has not changed her opinion. Paul’s has long educated members of America’s elite, counting among its alumni Secretary of State John Kerry, Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners.

The day after the assault, the girl’s sister and several of her friends hit Labrie as the seething sibling said: “This is for taking my little sister’s virginity last night.” Labrie’s friends shared templates of messages used to seduce girls, passed down keys for secluded rooms on campus and worshipped an alumnus named “Slaymaker” for his sexual reputation, prosecutors said. They were misdemeanors, rather than felonies, because of New Hampshire’s Romeo and Juliet exemption, which gives lesser penalties when there age differences of four years or less.

The felony carries up to seven years in prison and requires sex-offender registration for life. “I was shocked when the verdict was announced,” said New Hampshire State Rep. Labrie’s punishment aren’t unusual, the outcome points to a larger discussion about whether sex-offender laws are in line with the rapid increase in technology for communication, particularly among younger people. “It’s something lawmakers are going to have to confront,” said Cynthia Calkins, an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who has criticized sex-offender laws as being adopted too broadly without enough empirical evidence showing they work. Paul’s, one of the nation’s most exclusive boarding schools, and illustrated how allegations of campus sexual assault are widening beyond the colleges and universities.

The girl testified that the sexual contact started as consensual and then advanced to intercourse despite her saying “no.” Both sides have support. Welch, who is vice chairman of the House’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, said Wednesday that he planned to contact his committee members about “whether or not there should be a correction” to the law.

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