Oct 25, 2015 11:01 AM

History says prep school sex convict has slim shot at pardon

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The recent graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman is unlikely to get a pardon or clemency that would allow him to avoid having to register as a sex offender for life.

New Hampshire has granted only three pardons or commutations over the past dozen years.

Owen Labrie of Tunbridge, Vermont, will be sentenced Thursday on convictions including the felony of using a computer to lure a minor for sex. His lawyer wants to keep him off the sex offender registry but the law requires listing.

Now 20, Labrie's case exposed a practice at St. Paul's School known as "Senior Salute" — in which some seniors compete to have sex with underclassmen.

Labrie faces anywhere from probation up to 11 years in prison.

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