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Prep school grad appeals the judgment of the court denying new trial

FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Owen Labrie listens to the testimony during the last day of a request for hearing on the question of whether he will be granted a new trial in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N. H. Labrie, a New Hampshire prep school graduate sentenced for sexually assaulting a classmate was denied a new trial Wednesday, April 19, by a judge who called his claims of ineffective council absurd and almost frivolous. (Elizabeth Frantz/concord Monitor via AP, Pool, File)

(Associated Press)

CONCORD, N. H. – A New Hampshire prep school graduate sentenced for sexually assaulting a classmate has appealed against a court ruling, denying him a new trial at the state supreme court.

Owen Labrie of Tunbridge, Vermont, was acquitted in 2015 of rape of a 15-year-old classmate of the previous year as part of a game of sexual conquest in St. Paul’s School in Concord. He was convicted of felony assault and child endangering, as well as the use of a computer to lure the girl for sex, a crime requiring him to register as a sex offender.

The 21-year-old Labrie is in an appeal against his conviction. A judge last month denied his request for a new trial, calling some of his claims of ineffective counsel is absurd.

Labrie’s lawyer appealed that decision last week, saying the issues in the appeal are of “broad public interest and present new questions of law that have not yet been dealt with in the court.

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