BOSCAWEN, NEW HAMPSHIRE - A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate reported to jail Wednesday to begin serving the remaining 10 months of his jail sentence. Owen Labrie, 23, turned himself into the Merrimack County jail Wednesday morning, more than a week after a judge refused to shorten his sentence. Reporters waiting outside the jail did not see him enter. Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was acquitted in 2015 of raping then-15-year-old classmate Chessy Prout as part of "Senior Salute," a game of sexual conquest, at St. Paul's School. But a jury found him guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault charges and endangering the welfare of a child.
CONCORD, N.H. – A prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a game of sexual conquest called Senior Salute will again be free pending appeal. Owen Labrie had been free after his conviction last year, but a judge revoked his bail in March after he admitted violating his curfew. He appealed to the state Supreme Court, which last week returned the matter to the trial court. Labrie's attorney argued at a hearing on Monday that being locked up for two months has been a "life-changing" experience for him and he'll comply with any additional conditions. A state prosecutor countered that the only thing that's changed is Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, doesn't like being in jail.
Veteran prog-metal band Dream Theater--John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards and Haken Continuum) and Mike Mangini (drums)--began 2016 by releasing a daring and ambitious concept album. The Astonishing (Roadrunner Records) is a fantastical sci-fi rock opera that comprises 34 tracks featuring characters (all but one voiced by LaBrie), locales and a storyline envisioned by Petrucci. For the album, the band joined musical forces with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and three choirs conducted by composer/orchestrator David Campbell, who is Beck's father. It was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, N.Y., with Petrucci producing and Richard Chycki engineering and mixing. The band toured behind this double-album in Europe and the U.S. this spring by performing it in its entirety each night as an immersive experience complete with visual elements including video projection and lighting synchronized to the music.
St. Paul's School failed to stop public taunting and harassment of a teenage girl who reported being sexually assaulted by a popular older boy at the school, a new lawsuit claims. The school also allowed a culture of sexual assault to go unaddressed, enabling the girl's assault to happen, says the suit, filed Wednesday. St. Paul's, an elite New Hampshire boarding school, was the center of a "media circus" last fall during the criminal trail of Owen Labrie. Labrie was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate in May 2014, when he was 18, as part of a "Senior Salute" tradition. He was found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault and a felony charge of using a computer to lure his victim, but acquitted of more serious sex abuse charges.
Throughout last year's high-profile trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire accused of raping a girl as part of a senior tradition, the victim remained anonymous. She didn't even come forward when Labrie was convicted. But on Tuesday, amid mounting legal pressure from the famous private school, she decided to reveal herself. The "Today Show" aired an exclusive interview Tuesday morning with Chessy Prout, now 17. In the clip, she told host Savannah Guthrie she chose to speak out because she wanted to help other rape victims.