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J.W. Carney Takes Stand in Prep School Sex Assault Hearing

Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was convicted in 2015 of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, but acquitted of rape

What to Know

  • Owen Labrie was convicted last year of sexually assaulting a classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School.
  • He was sentenced to a year in jail and required to register as a sex offender.
  • The victim's parents filed a civil suit against St, Paul's School in June for allegedly failing to protect their daughter.

The lead lawyer for a New Hampshire prep school graduate charged with sexual assault is defending his handling of the case, saying his team prevented "toxic" and damaging evidence from being presented at trial. 

Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was convicted in 2015 of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, but acquitted of rape, for his encounter with a 15-year-old classmate in a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord. 

He also was convicted of a computer charge that requires him to register as a sex offender for life. 

Labrie is now seeking a new trial and argues his lawyers failed to challenge the computer charge or adequately question key witnesses. 

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. denied those claims Thursday as the hearing entered its third day. 

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