The St. Paul’s School student, Owen Labrie, who was found guilty of having sex with another student who was underage was sentenced today in court to one year in jail as well as five years probation. The sentencing comes after a dramatic trial that documented the preparatory school’s hazing mentality and how the boy’s participated in a ritual called “The Senior Salute” which lured young Freshman girls into sexual encounters. The victim, who was a freshman and only 15 at the time, says that Labrie was charming up until he wanted sex and then forced himself on her. She felt she was in a position to not fight back due to the ritual behind it, however after the crime was committed she immediately regretted her actions.
Labrie, now 20, was a shining student at the time with a full ride to a prestigious university on the horizon. However, the last two years have not only tarnished his reputation but limited the opportunities he has for the future. The judge also went on to mandate Labrie register as a sex offender and complete a Sex Offender Rehabilitation Program. As of now, his attorneys plan to appeal the case which means he remains free until then.
The prosecution was originally seeking a three to seven year sentence, but it was reduced to a year when the defense offered up the sex offender registration plea. For now, the sentencing brings a breath of relief to a young woman who has been suffering through a traumatic to years.
“I don’t want to feel imprisoned for the rest of my life,” she said in a video statement “I want to be safe again.” Only time will tell if that will happen but according to the prosecution, they believe the appeal will be denied.