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A New Hampshire man who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old classmate as part of a sexual conquest game at his elite prep school has been released from jail.
Owen Labrie, now 23, was released Monday morning after getting a reduction to his remaining 10-month sentence for good behavior, according to The Associated Press.
Labrie was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault after prosecutors said he assaulted fellow student Chessy Prout, who would go on to become an outspoken advocate against sexual assault.
Authorities said Labrie committed the assault as part of a sexual conquest game known as the “Senior Salute.” The game was allegedly a tradition at the prestigious St. Paul’s School and required upper classman to compete by trying to engage in sexual activities with their younger classmates, according to The Concord Monitor.
Labrie was initially charged with rape in the case, but a jury would acquit him of those charges in 2015 and find him guilty only of misdemeanor sexual assault and using a computer to lure an underage student for sex.
He was sentenced to a year in jail, but was allowed out on bail while he appealed his convictions.
Labrie had served a 63-day stint behind bars in 2016 for violating a court ordered curfew, but was sent back to jail in December to serve the remainder of his sentence, despite multiple legal moves to avoid the sentence, including multiple appeals to the state’s Supreme Court.
His attorneys had argued in December that his sentence should be shortened because he had already suffered enough by wearing an electronic monitoring device and adhering to a strict curfew in the years since his conviction.
But Superior Court Judge Larry M. Smukler denied the request after citing the need to do justice by the victim.
Prout later commended the judge’s decision to require Labrie to serve out his sentence behind bars, according to The Boston Globe.
“The only way we will ever truly change rape culture is by holding perpetrators and the institutions that are complicit to these crimes responsible,” she said. “St. Paul’s School, and now Owen Labrie, are finally being held accountable.”
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