Teen in New Hampshire prep school rape trial: I felt frozen

By Lynne Tuohy
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 19, 2015

Former St. Paul's student Owen Labrie confers with his lawyer before the start of the second day of his trial at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Labrie is accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of the "Senior Salute," a practice of sexual conquest at the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A lawyer for a recent graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school accused of rape has begun cross-examining the accuser, asking whether she told her close friend in graphic details which sex acts she was prepared to engage in.

Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, is charged with raping the then-15-year-old freshman at St. Paul's School two days before he graduated last year.

The girl responded Wednesday that she had no recollection of saying that.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney had been reading from a Concord police affidavit detailing the friend's interview.

Labrie is accused of participating in a practice at the school known as Senior Salute, when seniors attempt to romance or have intercourse with underclassmen. She testified earlier she was prepared for kissing at most.

He denies they had intercourse.


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