NH judge revokes bail of former prep school student

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Judges Revokes Owen Labrie's Bail

CONCORD, N.H., March 18 (Reuters) - A New Hampshire judge on Friday revoked the bail of a former student at an elite prep school who was convicted last year of using a computer to lure an underage fellow pupil into a sexual encounter after his lawyer admitted he had violated its terms.

Owen Labrie, 20, was handcuffed and led away by bailiffs after Judge Larry Smukler ordered him to begin serving his one-year prison sentence. The judge had previously allowed Labrie to remain at large while he appealed his conviction.

Labrie's high-profile trial cast a harsh light on the culture of the elite St. Paul's School and the student tradition of a "senior salute," in which students in their final year seek underclassmen for sexual encounters.

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Owen Labrie, center, listens to a recorded statement from his victim with his lawyer J.W. Carney, left, and Sam Zaganjoir before being sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Concord, N.H. The graduate of the exclusive St. Paulâs School was sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a tradition in which upperclassmen competed to rack up sexual conquests. Labrie was allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool)
Owen Labrie, center, listens to his lawyer J.W. Carney before being sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court Thursday Oct. 29, 2015 in Concord, N.H. The graduate of the exclusive St. Paulâs School was sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a tradition in which upperclassmen competed to rack up sexual conquests. Labrie was allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool)
Former St. Paul's student Owen Labrie puts his hands to his face as his verdict is read at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Labrie was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which the oldest students competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. Each count carries up to a year behind bars. Labrie could get as much as 11 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 29. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)
Owen Labrie closes his eyes as his verdict is read at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Labrie was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which the oldest students competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. Each count carries up to a year behind bars. Labrie could get as much as 11 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 29. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)
Owen Labrie leaves Merrimack Superior Court with his attorney Jay Carney in Concord, N.H. , on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Labrie was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which the oldest students of St. Paul's School competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. Each count carries up to a year behind bars. Labrie could get as much as 11 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 29. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)
Owen Labrie looks over at jury as his verdict is read at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Labrie was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which the oldest students competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. Each count carries up to a year behind bars. Labrie could get as much as 11 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 29. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)
Attorney J.W. Carney puts his arm around Owen Labrie, as he weeps in court after his verdict is read at Merrimack County Superior Court on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Labrie was cleared of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which the oldest students competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with. Each count carries up to a year behind bars. Labrie could get as much as 11 years in prison at sentencing Oct. 29. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2015, file photo, St. Paul's School graduate Owen Labrie, 19, raises his hand to be sworn-in prior to testifying in his trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H. Labrie was convicted Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old classmate. He will be required to register as a sex offender for life, a punishment his lawyer likened to being branded and legal experts and reform advocates said exceeds the crime. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, File)
Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie looks around the courtroom during a break in his trial Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, a practice of sexual conquest at the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool)
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"I will observe that there have been credibility issues throughout this trial," Smukler said.

The terms of Labrie's bail had required him to live at his mother's home in Tunbridge, Vermont, with a daily curfew from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

But a journalist late last month encountered and interviewed Labrie on a subway train in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard University. Prosecutors said on Friday that Labrie had returned home later than allowed by his curfew on multiple occasions.

Labrie's attorney, J.W. Carney, had told the judge that his client had begun attending college at an unnamed school in Boston. He said that he had not sought the judge's permission to modify bail terms in a court filing because he believed it would have been unsafe to make details of his routine known publicly.

Labrie's attorneys had argued that he should have only been sentenced to probation, having already lost a full scholarship to Harvard and facing the prospect of a lifetime registry as a sex offender.

St. Paul's is one of the nation's top prep schools, and its alumni include well-known figures in business and politics, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.


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