Former N.H. prep school student sent to jail for violating bail terms
A former student of a New Hampshire prep school was sent to jail on Friday after he violated terms of bail related to his conviction in the sexual assault of a fellow student.
Prosecutors told a judge of Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord that 20-year-old Owen Labrie, who had been out of prison on bail while appealing his conviction in the alleged sexual assault case, traveled to Boston a number of to meet his girlfriend.
Labrie was directed by the court to remain home with his mother in Vermont from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. But, he was found violating the terms of the bail several times.
An attorney’s for the convicted man admitted that his client violated the terms of the bail but argued that he was visiting Boston just for educational pursuits.
Pronouncing his verdict, Judge Larry Smukler said, “I don’t know if you were going down to Boston to consult with somebody, to meet a girlfriend or to pursue educational opportunities. What is troubling is that you took it upon yourself to construe as was stated in your pleading, the spirit of the bail order and not the letter…”
Labrie was sentenced to one year in prison after his being convicted on five counts in August, including one felony that stemmed from an encounter at the St. Paul’s School in the city in 2014. At the time of the sexual assault, the victim was just 15 years old.
Police said the encounter was part of a notorious school tradition called the “Senior Salute” in which senior students seek sexual encounters with younger students. But, school authorities have repeatedly denied existence of any such tradition.
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