A jury of nine men and three women takes eight hours to clear Labrie of rape but convicts him of three misdemeanors: sexual assault, using a computer to lure a minor for sex, and child endangerment. As part of a hazing tradition, Labrie was accused of forcing himself on a 15-year-old freshman girl in a mechanical room at St. Paul’s School two days before he graduated last year. Labrie, who was bound for Harvard and planned to take divinity classes before his arrest put everything on hold, could get up to 11 years in prison. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He weeps upon hearing the verdict. His mother sobs. His accuser appears stoic and huddles with members of her family in the courtroom. Prosecutor say they they are satisfied with the verdicts and that they “vindicate the victim.” A spokesperson for the girl:
[She is] leaving with her head held high. It was a step in the right direction.
The girl’s parents:
We still feel betrayed that St. Paul’s School allowed and fostered a toxic culture that left our daughter and other students at risk to sexual violence. We trusted the school to protect her, and it failed us.
Owen’s future is forever changed. The sex convictions will be like a brand, a tattoo that he will bear for life.