Prosecutor says rape suspect ignored girl’s ‘no’


CONCORD, N.H. —A prosecutor who says a recent graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school raped a 15-year-old freshman has told jurors the defendant didn’t honor the girl’s wishes when she told him “no.”

Prosecutor Joseph Cherniske said in closing arguments Thursday that the girl clung to her undergarments when then-18-year-old Owen Labrie tried to remove them May 30, 2014.

Cherniske tells jurors that the girl’s expectations before the two met just days before Labrie graduated from St. Paul’s don’t matter.

Cherniske asked, “Does that mean she can’t change her mind?”

The prosecutor also stressed that Labrie told police that participants in a school tradition of sexual conquest called Senior Salute took “great pride in taking the virginity of younger students.”

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