CRIME

Lawyer in prep-school sex-assault case: Defense wasn't ideal

  • Owen Labrie sits during a break Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 during the second day of a hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., on whether he should be granted a retrial. Labrie, a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex, returned to court for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)

    Owen Labrie sits during a break Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 during the second day of a hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., on whether he should be granted a retrial. Labrie, a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex, returned to court for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Owen Labrie talks with attorney J.W. Carney during a break at the Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, during an evidentiary hearing on whether Owen Labrie should be granted a retrial. Labrie, a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex, returned to court for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)

    Owen Labrie talks with attorney J.W. Carney during a break at the Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, during an evidentiary hearing on whether Owen Labrie should be granted a retrial. Labrie, a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex, returned to court for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Deputy Merrimack County Attorney Catherine Ruffle goes over documents at the Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., during an evidentiary hearing on whether Owen Labrie should be granted a retrial. Labrie, a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex, returned to court for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)

    Deputy Merrimack County Attorney Catherine Ruffle goes over documents at the Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., during an evidentiary hearing on whether Owen Labrie should be granted a retrial. Labrie, a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex, returned to court for a hearing on whether his lawyers damaged his case. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A lawyer who represented a New Hampshire prep school graduate at his sexual assault trial says the defense team's work wasn't ideal.

Owen Labrie (lah-BREE'), of Tunbridge, Vermont, was convicted in 2015 of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, but acquitted of rape, for his encounter with a 15-year-old classmate in a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord. He also was convicted of a felony computer charge that requires him to register as a sex offender for life.

Labrie is now seeking a new trial, arguing his lawyers harmed his case in part by failing to challenge the felony charge earlier.

On Thursday, attorney Samir Zaganjori (zag-in-JOR'-ee) said waiting to challenge the charge until after the verdict was not "ideal representation" but he said overall Labrie received effective counsel.