CRIME

Prep school grad appeals judge's decision denying new trial

FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Owen Labrie listens to testimony during the last day of an evidentiary hearing on whether he will be granted a retrial at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H. Labrie, a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a classmate, was denied a new trial Wednesday, April 19, by a judge who called some of his claims of ineffective counsel absurd and almost frivolous. (Elizabeth Frantz/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool, File)

FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Owen Labrie listens to testimony during the last day of an evidentiary hearing on whether he will be granted a retrial at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H. Labrie, a New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a classmate, was denied a new trial Wednesday, April 19, by a judge who called some of his claims of ineffective counsel absurd and almost frivolous. (Elizabeth Frantz/The Concord Monitor via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a classmate has appealed a judge's ruling denying him a new trial to the state supreme court.

Owen Labrie of Tunbridge, Vermont, was acquitted in 2015 of raping a 15-year-old classmate the previous year as part of a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord. He was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, as well as using a computer to lure the girl for sex, a felony requiring him to register as a sex offender.

The 21-year-old Labrie is appealing his conviction. A judge last month denied his request for a new trial, calling some of his claims of ineffective counsel absurd.

Labrie's lawyer appealed that decision last week, saying issues raised on appeal are of "broad public interest and present novel questions of law" that haven't been addressed in court.