Prep School Sex Convict Gets Bail a 2nd Time

Owen Labrie has not enjoyed jail, his lawyer says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2016 2:22 AM CDT
Prep School Sex Convict Gets Bail a 2nd Time
In this Oct. 29, 2015, photo, Owen Labrie listens to prosecutors before being sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool, File)

Owen Labrie, the prep school graduate found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate, has been given another shot at remaining free while he appeals the verdict, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports. The 20-year-old, whose bail was revoked two months ago when authorities discovered he had repeatedly violated his curfew, will be freed on bail again after he's fitted with a GPS monitor this week, reports the Boston Herald. Labrie's lawyer, Jaye Rancourt, says he has been frightened and sad during his time in prison, most of which was spent on administrative segregation, and he plans to abide by bail conditions, including living at his mother's home in Vermont under a 5pm to 8am curfew. After his conviction last year, Labrie was sentenced to a year in jail.

Rancourt says Labrie will be working in manual labor while out on bail. The curfew violations that sent him to jail were exposed by a reporter he chatted to on a train. "I think a regular person wouldn't have had his bail revoked," Rancourt says. "I think he's been under intense scrutiny and probably treated more strictly than some." At Monday's hearing, Rancourt told the judge that jail time had been a "life-changing" experience for Labrie, though a state prosecutor argued that the only real change is that Labrie has discovered he doesn't like jail, reports WCVB. (Labrie's arrest and trial exposed the "Senior Salute" tradition of sexual conquest at the elite St. Paul's school in New Hampshire.)

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