Prep school graduate gets a year in jail for sexual assault

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‘You are a very good liar': Prep school student smirks during rape case sentencing as judge gives him just one year in jail and releases him on bail to appeal… but he will have to register as a sex offender for life.

CONCORD, N.H. • A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a tradition in which upperclassmen competed to rack up sexual conquests. Owen Labrie was a Harvard-bound student leader, a devout scholarship student and a role model, who also exchanged filthy, denigrating messages to his friends about the younger girls at his school, including about one particular 15-year-old girl. Owen Labrie, 20, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was also ordered to register as a sex offender, perhaps for the rest of his life, and serve five years of probation after he gets out of jail. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler also ordered the 20-year-old to undergo psychosexual evaluation and to be on probation for five years after his release. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. “A jury in August cleared him of rape and convicted him instead of misdemeanor sexual assault for having intercourse and other sexual contact with an underage girl,” the Associated Press reports. “He was also found guilty of a felony count of using a computer—specifically, Facebook and email—to lure the girl.” Labrie was 18 years old and the girl 15, at the time.

In a videotaped statement played in court Thursday, the girl, now 17, said she was subjected to verbal and physical retaliation from other students after her return to St. Labrie’s invitation to join him for a “senior salute,” a practice at the school in which younger students met with seniors for a romantic encounter just before graduation. Labrie, who denied having sex with the freshman, faced up to seven years in prison for the computer enticement felony, and a year on each of the misdemeanors.

The defendant was a ringleader in this game.” “There is another side to Owen Labrie and I would assert on this occasion that the victim didn’t know about that other side,” she said. “She didn’t know she was a target on his list.” “Feign intimacy … then stab them in the back,” Ruffle said about a Facebook chat Labrie had with a friend before the alleged sexual assault. “I lie in bed with them… and pretend like I’m in love.” • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? The question of what happened there was at the center of the trial—an innocent, but hot-and-heavy hookup as Labrie described, or a horrifying sexual assault that left the victim frozen and numb, as she testified.

Labrie, who was the only defense witness, testified that the encounter amounted to kissing and embracing in their underwear, and that it stopped well short of sex. Labrie, an aspiring divinity student and captain of the soccer team, told authorities the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse, saying he stopped short in a moment of “divine intervention.” At trial, he acknowledged bragging to friends that he had intercourse with her.

The court also heard from the victim’s mother, who decried the bullying she said their entire family have been subjected to at the hands of her daughter’s detractors, including having the girl’s photo and home address shared on social media. The prosecution had been seeking a stiffer sentence—up to 7 years—for the one-time soccer captain who had been accepted to Harvard where he had planned to study theology. The defense argued for community service, saying the penalty paid had already been sufficient for what the defense called a “consensual encounter between two teenagers.” The defense team also filed a motion to dismiss the felony conviction because it was intended to punish much older sexual predators preying on young children. Paul’s and has been living in almost constant fear since the assault. “The evidence was very clear this was not a date,” she said. “This was a mission for him.

He argued that the felony computer crime of which Labrie was convicted is designed for sexual predators, not high school relationships, and that if Labrie had used a cellphone, he would not be facing lifetime registration. ‘His crucible over the past 18 months has provided powerful deterrence to Owen’s ever treating a woman with selfishness or disrespect, and it has given a clarion warning to other young men who have witnessed his fall from grace,’ Carney wrote. The sentencing, in a packed, unseasonably warm courtroom reminiscent of the two weeks in August when the case was tried, detailed the disruption of two young lives 17 months ago. Carney’s memo includes photos of Labrie as a boy and written pleas for leniency from former teachers and classmates, as well as a reverend who praised his extraordinary ‘depth of theological and spiritual curiosity.’ Dr.

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. But they were misdemeanors, rather than felonies, because of New Hampshire’s Romeo and Juliet exemption, which gives lesser penalties when there are age differences of four years or less. Jurors reached their verdict after seven hours of deliberations last month and Labrie was seen sobbing in court as the guilty verdicts were read by the forewoman.

Paul’s because of his sinister slaymaking,” her mother told the court. “My little girl stood up to this entitled young man,” he said. “She stood up to the entitled culture at St. A federal appeals court in New York rejected an effort by civil liberties groups to end the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program before it is overhauled next month.

Though he pushed back his enrollment from the fall of 2014 because of the charges and trial, it remains unclear if Harvard has ever rescinded their offer of admission. ‘Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under certain conditions, which are clearly expressed to students upon their acceptance,’ Rachael Dane, a spokeswoman for Harvard, said in a statement. At issue is the NSA’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records—not the content of the conversations, but their duration, time and the numbers called. Labrie was able to afford Carney’s services it was revealed earlier this year by writing a letter to the parents of some of his classmates asking for help with his legal defense fund.

The NSA’s aim is to find links between terror suspects, but privacy advocates argue the program unconstitutionally violates Americans’ privacy rights. In June, Congress passed a law that will end collection of the data, instead allowing the NSA to search the phone companies’ records only if it gets court approval. An Illinois man arrested last year as he and two teenage siblings were preparing to board a plane for Turkey at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to attempting to travel to Syria to join Islamic State. Khan’s attorney said prosecutors likely will recommend a five-year sentence. “This is a deal that a young man couldn’t pass up,” said Thomas Durkin, Mr. He had worked all summer to raise the money for the flight and following his arrest, federal agents detained his younger siblings—aged 16 and 17—and searched the family’s home in nearby Bolingbrook, Ill.

Khan “intended to work under the direction and control of ISIL, and be required to take any assignment ISIL gave him,” according to a statement from Zachary Fardon, U.S.

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