Nearly Three Weeks in Jail, St. Paul's Grad Asking to Get Out

Apr 7, 2016

One day after requesting a new trial, a St. Paul's School graduate convicted of having sex with a minor is now asking to be let out of jail.

Owen Labrie has asked the New Hampshire Supreme Court to restore his bail after it was revoked last month for breaking his court-ordered curfew multiple times.

Nearly three weeks ago, a Concord judge told Labrie he was troubled that the 20-year-old took it upon himself to determine the conditions of his bail. Labrie was required to stay at his mother's home in Tunbridge, Vt. from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day.

Labrie’s lawyer did not dispute that he violated the curfew but said it was for good reasons, such as meeting with his lawyers and attending lectures in Boston. 

Labrie’s lawyer is now arguing the state not only didn’t provide sufficient reasons for immediately revoking his bail but also failed to provide evidence that he was unlikely to follow any bail conditions in the future.  

A hearing on Labrie's motion is expected within the next few weeks. Labrie is also appealing his overall convictions; that appeal is scheduled to be heard this summer.

In a court filing earlier this week, Labrie's lawyer asked for a new trial, arguing his defense team at the time failed to properly challenge a computer charge Labrie was eventually convicted of. This charge, which involves the use of a computer to lure a child for sexual purposes, carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years and requires a person to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Labrie, a senior at the time, was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a so-called student tradition where upperclassmen try to "hook up" with as many underclassmen as they can before they graduate.

Labrie is currently serving his one-year sentence at the Merrimack County Jail.