NH prep school grad seeks new trial after sex assault conviction

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure a girl for sex appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing on whether he deserves a new trial.

Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, 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.

Labrie claims his trial lawyers failed to challenge the felony charge. Attorney Jaye Rancourt served as local counsel and on Tuesday described being virtually ignored by Labrie’s out-of-state team.

She highlighted evidence she said could have impeached the credibility of key witnesses.

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