Sex Crimes

Jury to determine which of the former St. Paul's School students is telling the truth

  • Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie watches as prosecutor Joseph Cherniske, left, introduces evidence during Labrie's trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

    Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie watches as prosecutor Joseph Cherniske, left, introduces evidence during Labrie's trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie leavers court with his attorney J.W. Carney at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

    Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie leavers court with his attorney J.W. Carney at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Looking in the direction of the victim's family, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, right, enters the courtroom with his defense attorney J.W. Carney for closing remarks in Labrie's rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)

    Looking in the direction of the victim's family, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, right, enters the courtroom with his defense attorney J.W. Carney for closing remarks in Labrie's rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Jurors in the trial of a former student charged with raping a freshman girl days before he graduated from an elite New Hampshire prep school will soon have to weigh whether the defendant is telling the truth when he says no intercourse occurred during their encounter.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday.

Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, was an 18-year-old senior at St. Paul's School when a 15-year-old girl accused him of raping her on campus last year as part of Senior Salute, a school tradition in which seniors try to have intercourse with underclassmen before graduation.

Labrie acknowledged he told multiple close friends hours after the encounter that he'd had sex with the girl, but told jurors Wednesday he lied to impress them.

He was the only defense witness.