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The St. Paul’s Rape Case Shows Why Sexual-Assault Laws Must Change

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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.

There was kissing, and rolling around, and giggling, and grinding, Labrie said. “I thought she was having a great time,” the St. CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman as part of a tradition called Senior Salute (all times local): A former student at a New Hampshire prep school accused of raping an underclassman days before he graduated says he asked the girl whether she was taking birth control pills to give himself “peace of mind.” Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, testified Wednesday that the two didn’t have intercourse but that he was concerned some sperm might have gotten on her underwear as their encounter escalated. — 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. 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. Other students testified this week that Labrie — then 18 — was competing with friends to see how many girls they could “score” with before graduation and described a range of sexual encounters from kissing to intercourse that were part of Senior Salute.

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. Carney has contended that Labrie and the girl, who last week tearfully testified that Labrie raped her in a machine room in a remote campus building, had a consensual encounter that followed a friendly, flirtatious exchange between the two and did not include penetrative sex. ‘There’s no question knew exactly what she was doing,’ Carney said in his opening statement last week. ‘It was a source of pride for girls at the school to participate in senior salute.’ The ‘senior salute’ is a school tradition in which graduating students extend invitations to get together with younger students, often for sexual purposes, several students testified during the trial. Carney suggested police had treated his client unfairly, trying to catch him off-guard by driving to Vermont to interview him and speaking to him without his parents present.

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. Investigators first met Labrie and his mother at a coffee shop, but after detectives said it would be better to talk at the police station, he agreed to be interviewed without his mother for nearly four hours.

Labrie presented on Wednesday at the beginning of his testimony broadened his image and clarified his background, highlighting his achievements, including plans to attend Harvard and possibly become a minister. 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.

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. Paul’s School, which boasts as alumni an international roster of senators, congressmen, ambassadors, Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates and other notables. She said she resisted his attempts to remove her bra and underwear. “I didn’t kick or scream or really push,” she said in court last week. “But I did say no. 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.

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. 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. In his testimony Wednesday, Labrie said the term “score” would often be used as a slang term for dating, or “being with a girl.” Other terms had similar meanings.

In testimony Tuesday before the prosecution wrapped up its case, a police detective said Labrie told her that he cut short the encounter after a moment of “divine inspiration.” Forensic specialists testified Tuesday that the girl’s underpants tested positive for semen, but that it could not be determined that it was Labrie’s. He said on Wednesday that he suspected that the girl wanted their encounter to be a secret because she did not want him to gloat to her older sibling, who he had previously dated for about a week. Carney Jr., if he had been aggressively kissing her breasts, he said: “I may have, I may have been a little carried away.” He also said he believed they were going to have sex and so he put on a condom.

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