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Apr 23, 2016 2:46 PM

Prep school convict's appeal on hold as he seeks new trial

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is agreeing to put on hold the appeal of a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sex assault while he pursues his bid for a new trial at the superior court level.

Twenty-year-old Owen Labrie was convicted in August of misdemeanor sex assault of a 15-year-old girl at St. Paul's School and a felony charge of using a computer to lure the underage student for sex. He started serving his one-year jail sentence last month after a judge revoked his bail.

He is seeking a new trial, claiming his trial lawyers did not promptly challenge the applicability of the felony charge to his case. Prosecutors say they will object.

Labrie was arrested in 2014.

The Supreme Court issued its order Friday.

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