Owen Labrie appeals court denial of a new trial in NH private school sex assault case
CONCORD — Owen Labrie has filed an appeal after a judge denied his request for a new trial last month.
Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, had requested a new trial citing ineffective counsel, arguing that his lawyers failed to challenge the felony charge.
Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vt., was acquitted in 2015 of raping a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord. He was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, as well as a felony computer charge that requires him to register as a sex offender for life.
In the new filing dated May 17, Labrie's lawyers also make mention of failure of the counsel to use materials to impeach a key witness as well as the victim, Chessy Prout. The filing also states that the court erred in its denial for a new trial based upon his counsel's failure to request and use Prout's mental health records, which the filing says includes a suicide attempt, reports of alcoholism and other problems at St. Paul's School.
Labrie also is appealing his conviction. That appeal is still pending.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.