New Hampshire Prep School Student Accused of Sexual Assault

A recent graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire has been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student in what police called a competition among students to have sexual contact with as many girls as possible, the Concord Monitor reports.

The alleged assault took place the evening of May 30, two nights before graduation at the prestigious boarding school. [Lt. Timothy O’Malley] said Labrie and others were competing to “hook up with” girls before the end of the school year.

“That’s slang, but that’s the best way I can describe it,” O’Malley said. “A competition with other students to meet or hook up with other females, and this was part of that competition.”

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Owen Labrie, 18, of Tunbridge, Vermont, turned himself into police Wednesday morning, and was charged with three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, three misdemeanor accounts of sexual assault, and a felony charge of using a computer service to lure the girl to meet with him.

Police said Labrie used an e-mail account to communicate with the victim.

The alleged sexual assault took place in a building on St. Paul’s campus, according to the Concord Police Department. Police said Labrie took the victim into an unauthorized area where he allegedly forced her to engage in sexual acts.

Police said the sexual acts occurred when consent was not given by the victim. Additionally, the victim, being 15, was under the age of consent.

There were no drugs or alcohol involved in the incident, police said.

Lt. Timothy O’Malley told that there were two or three other male students involved in the “hook up” competition.

“The game wasn’t necessarily to target juveniles or commit crimes, [it was] simply to get girls to have sex or ‘hook up,’” O’Malley said. “We have no information at this point that there were any other crimes committed.”

No other students have been arrested and the investigation is ongoing, O’Malley said.

Labrie, who graduated June 3, was set to attend Harvard University in the fall, the Monitor reported.

“We do not discuss any individuals who may have been admitted to the college,” Harvard College spokesman Colin Manning said in a statement.

The general conditions for which admission can be withdrawn include if a student: fails to receive a diploma, experiences a drop in grades, engages in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity, or moral character; and in the event a student’s application contains misrepresentations.

Labrie, was released on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned September 15.

In a letter to parents Wednesday, the head of St. Paul’s School, Michael G. Hirschfeld, called the incident “disturbing,” and said the school reported it to authorities after the victim brought it to their attention.

“This situation has been alarming to me personally and to all adults here, in a community that values healthy relationships so highly. Whatever further developments become known in this case, a serious breach of our standards of mutual trust and respect has occurred. I am determined to learn if this alleged violation is an aberration or represents a broader issue that our many School-wide conversations about a healthy community have not sufficiently addressed. This is as much a question about the nature and quality of relationships our students have with one another as it is about upholding basic standards of respect.”

Hirschfeld also said the school would review its policies and procedures, and have ongoing discussions in the upcoming school year to address sexual assaults.

The incident highlights what many colleges have also been grappling with in recent months as the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses has received national attention—particularly after the US Department of Education released a list of colleges and universities (including several in Massachusetts) under federal investigation for their handling of such cases. Since then, more schools have been added to the list as universities try to find ways to address the issue.