CONCORD, N.H. | BY TED SIEFER
A teenaged student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school who has accused a former student of raping her last year crumpled when describing the alleged attack, said a detective who is due back on the witness stand on Tuesday.
Concord Police Detective Julie Curtin, who led the investigation into the alleged May 2014 rape at St. Paul’s School said the victim had been poised during an initial interview but broke down when brought to the steps of the building where she said the incident occurred.
“She had very a significant physical reaction. She crumpled into her mom’s arms and her family took her out of there,” Curtin testified on Monday in the trial of 19-year-old Owen Labrie, who is charged with sexually assaulting the girl days before his graduation.
The trial has cast a harsh light on the culture at the exclusive boarding school, whose alumni include Secretary of State John Kerry. Students have testified that it was common for graduating seniors to extend invitations to younger students to get together for so-called “senior salutes,” often for sexual purposes.
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