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NH Prep Student Owen Labrie, Convicted of Sex Assault, Wins Early Release

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Owen Labrie, the 23-year-old convicted of sexual assault as a New Hampshire prep school student, was released from custody early on good behavior, reports USA Today. When he was 18, Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vt., was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. At 19, he was acquitted of felony rape but was deemed guilty of lesser sexual assault charges, a felony computer charge for luring a minor and a charge for endangering a child’s welfare. At the time of the assault, in 2014, Labrie,18, was three months away from attending Harvard when he and his classmates engaged in a tradition called “senior salute.” The practice was meant for students at the private school to spend time with peers they want to get to know better before heading to university.

Labrie described it in a message to friends as “an eight-week exercise in debauchery, a probing exploration of the innermost meanings of the word sleaze bag.” During the trial Labrie testified that the description was a joke. In 2015, Labrie was sentenced to 12 months in prison. His sentence was suspended by a judge, and he was released on bail to live in the home of his mother while he appealed the verdict. After missing his court-ordered curfew on multiple occasions, the bail was revoked. He reported to the prison just after Christmas, after a judge refused to shorten his sentence. Labrie was released from Merrimack County jail with 10 months remaining of his sentence.

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