Prosecutor: Convicted prep school grad violated curfew

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Posted: Mar 14, 2016 4:37 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate has violated curfew at least eight times and should have his bail revoked, a prosecutor said Monday.

Owen Labrie has been living with his mother in Tunbridge, Vermont, as he appeals his one-year jail sentence and the requirement that he register as a sex offender. He is supposed to be home between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. each night.

In court papers Monday, prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said that on or about Feb. 29, a journalist spoke with the 20-year-old Labrie on a train in Cambridge, Massachusetts. That prompted an investigation into Labrie's travels.

Labrie's attorney, Jaye Rancourt, declined to comment Monday.

Susan Zalkind, a reporter for Vice who covered Labrie's trial, wrote a story about seeing Labrie on a train from Boston to Cambridge. In the March 4 article , titled "My Surreal Train Ride with One of New England's Most Notorious Sex Offenders," Zalkind said Labrie told her he was visiting his girlfriend, a Harvard student, and had taken her out to brunch. He also talked about emotional "ups and downs" and having his life "torn apart" in the media, Zalkind wrote.

Labrie was arrested in 2014 days after graduating from St. Paul's School, an elite prep school in Concord.

Labrie was 18 at the time of the encounter in a near-deserted building on the St. Paul's campus. Prosecutors linked the assault to a competition at St. Paul's known as the "Senior Salute" in which seniors seek to have sex with underclassmen.

A jury in August convicted Labrie of misdemeanor sex assault charges and a felony charge of using a computer to lure an underage student for sex. The computer charge, a felony, carries the mandate to register as a sex offender for life.