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‘I thought she was having a great time’: Rape accuser flees court in tears as prep school grad describes kissing and undressing her while testifying in his own defense.

A former student charged with raping a freshman girl two days before he graduated from an elite New Hampshire prep school acknowledged Wednesday that he deleted a Facebook message to a friend in which he wrote he “used every trick in the book” to have sex with her. — The student accused of rape in a case that has cast a harsh light on the sexual culture at an exclusive New England boarding school took the stand on Wednesday, denying he had sex with the girl and presenting himself as a model of virtue — a high-achieving soccer captain who won an award for his character before graduating last year.

Testifying for the first time since the trial began last week, Labrie said he had a ‘flirty’ relationship with the alleged victim, who was seen leaving the courtroom in tears this afternoon. The girl testified over three days last week, saying she felt “frozen” as Labrie, then 18, bit her chest, tugged on her underpants and bra strap, and ignored her saying “no,” when he tried to initiate oral sex on her. Paul’s School in May 2014 when, he said, he wooed the then-15-year-old girl via emails and Facebook messages to join him in a secluded attic on the campus. As his accuser watched from the front row, Owen Labrie, 19, delivered much of his testimony with ease, calmly suggesting to the jury that he was not a wealthy boarding school student by noting that he was a child of divorce who attended the school, St. Paul’s School when a 15-year-old girl accused him of raping her on campus last year as part of Senior Salute, a school tradition in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving campus.

It was ultimately his choice whether they would have sex that night, he testified, and she never indicated that she was against being physically intimate or regretted their encounter in later emails. He said a list of girls he and a friend put together a few months before graduation was simply a way to identify “girls that we thought were cute.” He said, “score” — a term he often used, according to previous testimony — did not necessarily suggest sex, but rather should be interpreted as “synonymous with dating.” And, he said, his encounter with his accuser was consensual. The girl had testified last week that she initially thought Labrie’s intentions for asking her to Senior Salute were “really wrong,” but she relented when a friend convinced her that Labrie was sincere in trying to pay attention to her.

Labrie’s testimony is a key part of the defense’s case that he never raped the younger student — despite her allegations that he became aggressive and continued to touch her even when she said “no.” NBC News is not identifying her because she is a minor. Paul’s, whose alumni include powerful US business and political leaders such as Secretary of State John Kerry, has said ‘senior salute’ does not reflect its values.

The pair first ventured onto the roof of a building — a romantic setting, Labrie testified — before they went into an attic area and began kissing each other and taking each other’s sweatshirts off. In one exchange, the girl says Labrie’s plan to meet “sounds perfect.” Labrie said when they were together that night, the girl never indicated she was in pain or uncomfortable with the contact. Labrie’s own words. “Welcome to an eight-week exercise in debauchery, a probing exploration of the innermost meanings of the word sleaze bag,” Mr.

She acknowledged on cross-examination that she helped Labrie remove her shirt and pants and said she didn’t protest because she didn’t want to be offensive. Labrie wrote in an email to friends as the end of their senior year was approaching — a time that some seniors saw as their last chance for sexual encounters with younger students there. Labrie has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated felony sex assault, misdemeanor sex assault and using a computer to lure his alleged victim to meet him via email and Facebook. A young man accused of raping a fellow student at an elite prep school in New Hampshire is set to testify in a trial that has exposed a campus tradition of sexual conquest.

Labrie had invited the girl for a so-called senior salute — a custom among some students at the all-residential boarding school in which students in their final year would invite a younger student to join them for a walk, a kiss, or more. Paul’s School, one of eight members of a prep school Ivy League of sorts that boasts as alumni an international roster of senators, congressmen, ambassadors, Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates and other notables. He said the girl, who was 15 at the time, displayed no initial hesitance. “We started to kiss just a little bit,” he said. “She giggled and I giggled.” When asked by his lawyer, J.W.

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