St. Paul’s School student, then-senior Owen Labrie, was accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl in May 2014. The charges exposed the “Sexual Salute” tradition on the New Hampshire boarding school campus where seniors try to seduce underclassmen (minors) into having sex. In August 2015, a jury acquitted the now 20-year-old Labrie of the more serious felony rape charges which would have meant up to 20 years in prison.
On October 29, Labrie was sentenced to 12 months in a county jail instead, on misdemeanor counts of sexual assault. He does not have to serve his time until the appeal process is over. Labrie’s sentence includes a five-year probation — and for the rest of his life Labrie will be required to register as a sex offender. Dateline NBC will air a special report on the Labrie trial and sentencing on October 30 at 10pm.