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St. Paul’s grad charged with sexually assaulting student

Owen A. Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vt., allegedly sexually assaulted the victim on the boarding school’s campus May 30.

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Owen A. Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vt., allegedly sexually assaulted the victim on the boarding school’s campus May 30.

An 18-year-old graduate of St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire was arrested Wednesday in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student at the school, where a group of students were involved in a competition to “hook up” with friends, officials said.

Owen A. Labrie of Tunbridge, Vt., is accused of sexually assaulting the victim on the boarding school’s Concord campus on May 30. The victim reported the incident to police on June 3.

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Labrie “was involved in some type of competition with some friends to see how many friends they could hook up with,” said Concord police Lieutenant Timothy O’Malley. “Hooking up did not necessarily mean having sex. . . . We allege that he took it to that level.”

Two to three other males were involved in the competition, O’Malley said. None of the others are facing charges.

Labrie allegedly persuaded the girl to go to an unauthorized area on the campus through e-mail, O’Malley said.

After a monthlong investigation by Concord police, Labrie turned himself in Wednesday morning. He was released on personal recognizance and will be arraigned Sept. 15 at the Sixth District Court Division in Concord.

Labrie is facing three charges of aggravated sexual assault, three charges of sexual assault, and one count of using a computer to lure a victim to the scene of the crime, officials said.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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