Sep 8, 2015 9:58 AM

New England prep schools facing questions after rape trial of ex-St. Paul's student Owen Labrie

The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Some of New England's elite prep schools are starting the new year under the shadow of a rape trial that exposed a tradition of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School.

Former senior Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was cleared of rape but convicted of lesser charges involving a freshman girl.

Other prep schools lamented the case in letters to parents and announced plans to combat sexual violence.

Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts is adopting a policy saying students legally old enough to have sex must get verbal consent from their partners. Phillips Exeter Academy is creating a program training bystanders to help prevent sexual violence.

St. Paul's says it's committed to teaching its students to act honorably.

Labrie said he didn't have intercourse with the 15-year-old girl.

The girl said she told the 18-year-old Labrie "no."


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