By The Associated Press
AUGUST 26, 2015
CONCORD, N.H. — The latest on the trial of a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman as part of a tradition called Senior Salute (all times local):
An underclassman who says a senior at their elite New Hampshire prep school raped her two days before he graduated has left the courtroom in tears as he began reading from emails they exchanged just before their encounter.
Owen Labrie, now 19, took the stand Wednesday as the defense’s first witness.
Labrie read from emails and Facebook messages projected on a screen. In one, the then-15-year-old freshman says his plan to meet “sounds perfect.”
Prosecutors say Labrie raped the girl at a campus building last year before graduating from St. Paul’s School.
Prosecutors say it was connected to a school tradition called Senior Salute in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassman before graduation.
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