N.H. Prep School Graduate Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison

Owen Labrie will serve up to a year in prison, register as a sex offender and serve five years of probation following his prison sentence.

The boy convicted of sexually assaulting a freshman classmate at a prestigious New England prep school was sentenced to a year in prison on October 29.

Owen Labrie, 20, had been convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault after he was accused of forcing himself on a 15-year-old in 2014. Labrie was also charged with using a computer to lure the girl, ordered to register as a sex offender and will serve five years of probation after his prison sentence, according to Yahoo News.

The case received national attention because of the “competition” it revealed among the prep school’s upperclassmen, who would keep score of how many younger students they had sex with.

The prep school’s prominence also played a role in the case’s publicity. St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., is a $55,290-a-year boarding school that has educated many people who have gone on to play major roles in U.S. government. Labrie had been accepted to Harvard University before the case.

Labrie told police that he had consensual sexual contact with the girl but not intercourse. The girl testified that she had been the victim of verbal and physical abuse since she returned to St. Paul’s and has been living in constant fear.

Labrie is allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction.

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