st pauls

Jim Cole/AP

A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate is set to be released from jail.

Twenty-three-year-old Owen Labrie, a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, reported to the Merrimack County jail just after Christmas, after a judge refused to shorten his sentence. 

Labrie had been due to serve the remaining 10 months of his jail sentence but was expected to be released today for good behavior.

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office announced it was filing charges against a former teacher at St. Paul’s School in Concord for witness tampering and conspiracy to commit perjury. They are the first charges to be filed in connection with the AG’s investigation into the elite prep school over allegations of sexual misconduct over several decades.

NHPR's Jason Moon has been following the story and has this breakdown of what the charges are, and what they tell us about the broader investigation into St. Paul's School.

The leaders of eight elite prep schools across New England are calling on lawmakers to take meaningful action to make schools safer.

In a joint statement, the schools, which include St. Paul’s and Phillips Exeter, say they stand in solidarity with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in calling for legislative and regulatory actions to protect students.

St. Paul’s Rector Michael Hirschfeld says the schools were moved to speak out because of the activism of their students.

Courtesy of St. Paul's School's Website

Long before the #MeToo movement took down politicians, movie moguls and powerful media personalities, St. Paul’s School in Concord was grappling with its own history of sexual misconduct.


The state’s highest court will hear an appeal from a St. Paul’s graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a freshman student on campus in 2014.

Eddie Cheuk

In a letter addressed to the school community, St. Paul’s Rector Mike Hirschfeld said the school recently commissioned its own independent investigation to find out if a newly surfaced game was part of a sexual competition among students.

Eddie Cheuk

The attorney general’s office made waves Thursday night in announcing its plans to launch a criminal investigation into St. Paul’s School over its handling of sexual assaults on school grounds.

While the investigation is still just in its beginning stages, some are already starting to draw parallels to a time when the state took on another powerful institution over its handling of sexual abuse: the Catholic Church.

Eddie Cheuk

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office has initiated a criminal investigation into St. Paul's School, the prestigious Concord prep school at the center of the high-profile sexual assault trial of a former student in 2015, and a recent report detailing a decades-long history of sexual abuse by members of the school's faculty.

Eddie Cheuk

Police in New Hampshire are investigating reports of a sexual assault at a prep school with a history of sexual misconduct allegations.

Concord police say they opened an investigation at St. Paul's School on June 1 after a female student told a staff member she had been assaulted by another student. The Concord Monitor reports the police investigation remains open as of Wednesday.

Pool Photo|Associated Press

St. Paul’s School graduate Owen Labrie is asking the state’s highest court to review a New Hampshire law that requires him to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Labrie was convicted in 2015 of having sex with a fifteen year-old classmate while he was a student at the Concord prep school. The law at issue involves the use of a computer to lure a minor for sex.

Read the latest filings in the case right here.

Geoff Forrester/The Concord Monitor/POOL

Well-known Boston attorney J.W. Carney stands by the defense he provided Owen Labrie, a former St. Paul's School student, during his 2015 trial for sexual assault.

On Thursday, Labrie's hearing for a new trial on the basis his legal team poorly represented him officially wrapped up after three days. Labrie, who's now 21, is free on bail while he appeals his one year sentence.


Owen Labrie’s legal team gave conflicting viewpoints Wednesday on how they represented Labrie during his 2015 trial for sexual assault.

The St. Paul’s graduate is currently asking for a new trial on the basis that he had ineffective counsel. 

Geoff Forrester/The Concord Monitor/POOL

In 2015 Owen Labrie was convicted of having sex with a then-15-year-old freshman at St. Paul’s School when he was a senior at the time and using a computer to lure her in.

The now 21-year-old is asking for a new trial on the grounds that his legal team did a poor job of representing him.

NHPR’s Paige Sutherland has been covering this ongoing case and attended Tuesday’s hearing. She spoke with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello about it.


St. Paul’s graduate Owen Labrie will present his case for a new trial this week in Concord. In 2015 Labrie was sentenced to one year in prison for having sex with a minor as well as using a computer to lure her.

A former Episcopal priest who worked at several elite boarding schools has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in 1973 in Boston.

The Boston Globe reports that Howard "Howdy" White pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court after being indicted on five counts of assault and battery. White, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, was freed on personal recognizance.

Prosecutors say White assaulted the boy during two overnight trips to Boston, when he worked at St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

NBC/The Today Show

Jury selection in a civil suit against St. Paul’s School is set for March of 2018. The Concord prep school is being sued for allegedly allowing an unhealthy sexual culture to foster on campus.

Jim Cole/AP

A former New Hampshire prep school student requesting a new trial on charges of sexual assault and using a computer to lure a minor says emails between him and a 15-year-old student don't support the computer charge because they never left the school's internal intranet server.

Owen Labrie is appealing his convictions, arguing they resulted from ineffective counsel during his 2015 trial. The St. Paul's School graduate was convicted as part of a game of sexual conquest called Senior Salute.

File photo

St. Paul's School in Concord has asked a federal judge to release the identity of Owen Labrie's sexual assault victim, should the teenager's lawsuit against the prep school go to trial. 

According to multiple news reports, the school filed a motion in U.S. District Court Thursday, asking a judge lift the anonymity of the victim and her parents in a lawsuit filed against the school in June. 

File photo

St. Paul's School, the private boarding school in Concord, says it can’t be blamed for a sexual assault that occurred on its campus two years ago. The school is responding to a civil lawsuit the victim’s family filed against St. Paul's earlier this summer.

New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann Kuster was in Concord Tuesday to talk about sexual assault and how colleges and universities can prevent such incidents in the future. 

Jim Cole/AP

After nearly two months behind bars, the St. Paul’s School graduate convicted of having sex with a minor will be released from jail within the week.

On Monday Judge Larry Smukler restored bail for Owen Labrie, 21, after he revoked it in March because of broken curfews.  


New Hampshire's highest court has asked a lower court to consider reinstating bail for Owen Labrie, the former St. Paul's school student convicted of having sex with an underage classmate.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court says trial Judge Larry Smukler acted within his discretion when he revoked Owen Labrie's bail after Labrie serially violated a curfew. But the court says that Labrie's bail violations don't indicate "an inclination towards further criminal conduct."

Eddie Cheuk

Former students at elite private schools all over New England are coming forward with allegations that teachers and school officials sexually abused them. The schools in question include several in New Hampshire, St. Paul's School and Shaker Road School in Concord, Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, and Phillips Exeter Academy. 

Pool photo: Elizabeth Franz | Monitor staff

Prosecutors in the case of a former St. Paul’s School student convicted of rape are seeking to remove Owen Labrie’s lawyer from his request for a new trial.  

Jim Cole/AP

One day after requesting a new trial, a St. Paul's School graduate convicted of having sex with a minor is now asking to be let out of jail.

Owen Labrie has asked the New Hampshire Supreme Court to restore his bail after it was revoked last month for breaking his court-ordered curfew multiple times.

Labrie Requests New Trial, Claiming Ineffective Counsel

Apr 6, 2016
Elizabeth Frantz/The Concord Monitor

A St. Paul’s School graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a minor and using a computer to lure her is requesting a new trial.

Owen Labrie’s current lawyer says his previous attorneys failed to take serious the computer charge, which carried the strictest sentence and required him to register as a lifetime sex offender. 


Updated 5:15 PM: 

Owen Labrie, the St. Paul’s School graduate convicted last summer of sexually assaulting a minor, was taken away in handcuffs Friday afternoon for breaking his bail.

Labrie, 20, will have to serve out his one-year sentence at Merrimack County Jail while he appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, which could take months.

Jim Cole/AP

Lawyers for Owen Labrie, the St. Paul’s School graduate facing one year of incarceration for having sex with a minor last summer, say Labrie broke his bail conditions for  good reason.

The filing comes after prosecutors this week asked a judge to revoke Labrie’s bail for missing his curfew.

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

Mar 14, 2016

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.  


St. Paul’s School in Concord will host a three-day conference this spring examining the impact of technology on student relationships at boarding schools.