Aug 28, 2015 1:38 PM
Verdict about to be read in Owen Labrie case
CONCORD - The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a St. Paul's School graduate accused of raping a then-freshman girl. The verdict is expected to be read in the next few minutes. Tune into NH1 News to watch it live, or check back here for updates.
Labrie faces nine charges relating to an incident that allegedly occurred in a math and science building HVAC area at St. Paul's School in Concord on May 30, 2014. Labrie was set to graduate in two days when he risked it all, including a full scholarship to Harvard University, to have a Senior Salute with a freshman girl.
There has been a variety of testimony in the two week trial about what a Senior Salute is at St. Paul's. Current and former students said it is "kissing or more." Many have admitted that it can involve sex.
Some evidence presented by the state shows that there was a sordid sexual competition at the elite prep school, where Secretary of State John Kerry went. Dorms, sports teams and individuals competed with each other to see who could "slay" or "score" with the most girls. Points were assigned for particular activities and fun locations.
The prosecution claims the complainant was targeted because Labrie had been with her relative, and she was a virgin. Labrie told his friends he wanted to be with the girl "the most," and her name was capitalized on a list of 15 to 20 girls he and a friend created when talking about their Senior Salutes.
Senior Salutes are so well-known at St. Paul's School that students called April "Slaypril" and May "Slay," the state claims. Even Labrie's defense attorney, who represented the known mobster Whitey Bulger, said it is a practice that has to be stopped because graduating boys are pressured to have lots of sex, and girls are supposed to be honored to Senior Salute.
When asked by NH1 News Thursday if Labrie would sue the school under a theory of lack of duty of care if acquitted, Carney said Labrie is just focusing on the charges he faces, which include three counts of felony-level rape.
If convicted of those three special felony charges alone, he could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison. There is a fourth Class B felony for prohibited use of a computer, and misdemeanor charges include simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and statutory rape.