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CONCORD, N.H. – 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.