- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a game of sexual conquest is again out on bail pending appeal.

Owen Labrie’s bail was revoked in March after he admitted violating his 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew at his Tunbridge, Vermont, home. He appealed to the state Supreme Court, which returned the matter to the trial court. A jail official said Labrie was set up on Thursday with electronic monitoring via GPS as required by the judge who granted his release request Monday.

His lawyer, Jaye Rancourt, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Labrie, now 20, was 18 when he was arrested in 2014, days after graduating from the elite St. Paul’s School in Concord. His arrest scandalized the institution known for educating some of America’s top political and literary leaders.

Labrie testified during his trial that he and the girl had consensual sexual contact, but he denied having intercourse.

A jury in August acquitted him of rape charges but convicted him of misdemeanor sex assault because the girl was under 16 at the time.

Labrie was also found guilty of a felony count of using a computer - specifically Facebook and email - to lure the girl to the encounter. That conviction carries a mandate that he register as a sex offender for life, but he could petition to have that requirement waived 15 years after he completes his sentence of one year in jail.

Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle had asked the judge to sentence Labrie to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison.

Labrie’s arrest exposed a tradition at the $55,290-a-year boarding school called Senior Salute, in which upperclassmen kept score of how many younger students they had sex with.

The national media attention the case attracted tarnished the reputation of the school, whose alumni include Secretary of State John Kerry, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, at least 13 U.S. ambassadors and three Pulitzer Prize winners.

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