Judge to decide whether Owen Labrie goes to jail over curfew violations

Judge Larry Smukler, who called Labrie a liar at his October sentencing, will hear about the former prep school student’s curfew violations and could send him to jail.

Owen Labrie on the stand during his rape trial in August in Merrimack Superior Court. –Charles Krupa / AP

A judge in New Hampshire will decide whether a former prep school student who was convicted of sexually assaulting a younger classmate should head to jail after allegations that he broke his court-mandated curfew multiple times.

Owen Labrie, 20, will be back in Merrimack Superior Court Friday afternoon, seven months after he was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault and a felony charge of using a computer to lure his 15-year-old St. Paul’s School classmate to an isolated mechanical room to have sex. In October, he was sentenced to a year in jail and was forced to register as a sex offender.


Since then, Labrie has been out on bail under a 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew while he appeals the felony charge.

Prompted by a series of tweets and a story written by a journalist who spotted Labrie on a Boston train, prosecutors began investigating Labrie’s travels in and out of Boston.

They told the court that there were eight separate instances where he left his home in Tunbridge, Vermont early or came home late. His attorney said those trips — taken on two days in October, one in January and three in February — were to meet with his attorneys, or to do research for his online classes.

The same judge that called Labrie a liar at his sentencing will make the decision about his fate Friday. Judge Larry Smukler told Labrie that he is smart, gifted and talented, but also manipulative.

“You did ‘deny until you die,’’’ Smukler said in October, repeating back Labrie’s own words to friends. “In some ways, you’re a very good liar.’’

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