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Prosecution Seeks to Revoke Bail in St. Paul's Rape Case

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Owen Labrie, a gradate at St. Paul's School in Concord, was sentenced to one year in jail and has to register as a sex offender for life after being convicted in August of sexually assaulting an underage student.

Prosecutors are seeking to revoke the bail of a St. Paul’s School graduate who was convicted last summer of having sex with an underage student.

The lead prosecutor on the case is arguing 20-year-old Owen Labrie violated his curfew several times.  

Under the current bail conditions, Labrie must remain at his mother’s home in Tunbridge, Vt., between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.

But in court documents filed Monday, prosecutor Catherine Ruffle claims Labrie violated these conditions at least eight times.

Ruffle backs this up by referring to tweets from a reporter who says she bumped into Labrie on a train in Cambridge, Mass., a few weeks ago.

In a subsequent article, the reporter stated that Labrie was visiting his girlfriend, a student at Harvard, and has done so several times. Prosecutors say some of those visits took place outside of Labrie's curfew. Prior to his conviction, Labrie was offered a full scholarship to Harvard.

Currently Labrie was free on bail while he appeals his one year conviction to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. During the trial, Labrie testified that his encounter with a fellow student, who was 15 at the time, was consensual and the two never had sex. But the victim said Labrie forced himself on her and that he pursued her for months through Facebook and emails.

Labrie was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor but was acquitted of aggravated rape.

Labrie has 10 days to respond to the state's request. A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for March 18 at 1:30 in Concord.

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