Owen Labrie, 20, has been sentenced to one year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate at the elite St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. In a statement delivered by video in court Thursday, the victim said she still suffers from flashbacks and said the St. Paul’s community showed her a stunning lack of compassion after the assault: “No one understood.”
Labrie was convicted in August of felony child luring, as well as misdemeanor sexual assault and misdemeanor child endangerment. He was sentenced today to one year in county jail, with seven more years suspended, plus probation, though his lawyers successfully argued for him to remain free on bail while they appeal. He’ll undergo sex offender-specific treatment in jail, and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life upon his release.
A New York Times reporter live-tweeted portions of the victim’s testimony, which is wrenching:
Labrie didn’t speak during sentencing. As the hearing concluded, he could be seen on a livestream smiling faintly as he chatted with his attorneys.
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