Owen Labrie, a 19-year-old Vermont man at the center of a high-profile New Hampshire prep school rape trial, had intended to study at Harvard University and become a minister. Now, his future is unclear.
Labrie was acquitted of the most serious charges, which included three sexual assault felonies, relating to the alleged rape of a 15-year-old student as part of a "Senior Salute" tradition at the prestigious St. Paul's School in May 2014. But he was found guilty on three misdemeanor charges of sexual assault, one misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child and one Class B felony for using a computer to lure a minor, the Associated Press reported.
Labrie faces a maximum prison sentence of up to seven years for the computer felony, which also reportedly requires him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. The misdemeanor charges each carry possible sentences of up to a year, the AP reported. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29. Until then, Labrie can stay out of prison on a $15,000 bail, tweets from the courtroom said. To which prison he would be remanded, depending on his sentencing, wasn't immediately clear.
The attorney for the accuser's family would not rule out the possibility of suing the school, and the attorney for Labrie said he expects to soon file an appeal of his conviction, Boston.com reported.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 28, 2015
Before his indictment, Labrie was planning to study theology at Harvard. He enrolled before dropping out in September 2014 after having been arrested in July of that year on the aforementioned criminal charges, reported the Harvard Crimson, the university's newspaper. Harvard would not confirm media reports that his admission had been rescinded.
Carney tells judge #Labrie accepts verdict and will appear for sentencing, comply with tougher bail conditions.
— J.M. Lawrence (@BostonJustice) August 28, 2015
"While we do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants, Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under certain conditions, which are clearly expressed to students upon their acceptance," spokeswoman Rachael Dane wrote in an email. "An offer of admission may be rescinded if a student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character.”
The family of Labrie's anonymous accuser released a statement after the verdict. "Today, a measure of justice has been served for victims of sexual violence," they wrote. "While he was not convicted on all charges, Owen Labrie was held accountable in some way by a jury of his peers for crimes he committed against our daughter. This conviction requires him to take ownership for his actions and gives him the opportunity to reflect upon the harm he has caused."