Rape-trial defendant told police he had ‘moment of self restraint’ and stopped


By Allison Manning @allymanning
Boston.com Staff | 08.25.15

Detectives who investigated the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl described on the witness stand Tuesday the stunned arrogance of their suspect when he was questioned days after his encounter with the younger classmate.

Owen Labrie, now 19, admitted he’d been with the girl days before he graduated from the elite St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, but no, it wasn’t rape, he said. They didn’t have sex, he told detective Julie Curtin. Her underwear didn’t even come off.

Yes, he’d invited her to check out a secret spot on the roof of a campus building on May 30, 2014, part of a tradition called the Senior Salute, where upperclassmen invite students to hang out, or hook up, before they graduate. But what happened with her “was never a means to an end.”

Labrie repeatedly denied having sex with her. He told Curtain all the reasons why he wouldn’t have: his age, her age, and his position as a student leader.

The detective recalled him saying, if he had penetrated her, it “would be the end of my life.”

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