NH Supreme Court Denies Appeal in NH Prep School Sex Assault Case

The New Hampshire Supreme Court denied the appeal of a prep school graduate who was convicted in 2015 of using a computer to lure a girl for sex and assaulting her.

Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was acquitted of raping the 15-year-old classmate at St. Paul's School. But he was convicted of the felony computer charge--requiring him to register as a sex offender--and two misdemeanors. He was sentenced to a year in jail, and has remained free on appeal.

Labrie's lawyer argued prosecutors failed to show Labrie's emails and Facebook messages to the girl showed he intended to have sex with her. The state argued Labrie's intentions were clear since he was reaching out as part of a tradition called "Senior Salute," a sexual conquest competition.

The next argument in Labrie's case will be held on Nov. 28, regarding the issue of "ineffective legal counsel."

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