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Jury Gives Ex-N.H. Prep Student Failing Grade in 'No Means No'

A former senior at a New Hampshire prep school was acquitted today of felony rape but convicted of misdemeanor sex charges in an encounter with a 15-year-old freshman that was part of a tradition of sexual conquest days before he graduated.

Owen Labrie, age 19, was convicted of four separate counts of sexual assault, and a separate felony charge of luring of a minor for sexual exploitation. At sentencing, he faces up to 11 years in prison, in addition to sex offender registration.

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Labrie told a jury that the sex was consensual and that he did not rape the victim. All things considered, he was fortunate to get the verdict that he did, and even more fortunate that he did not face charges for sexual assault and luring of a minor for sexual exploitation in Arizona.

Sexual Assault in Arizona

Arizona law makes any type of penetration (oral, digital, penile, or anal) that occurs without consent, or when a victim cannot give consent (usually by intoxication or impairment) to be among the most serious of felony charges. Upon conviction for sexual assault in Arizona, the following mandatory penalties apply:

  • A minimum prison sentence of 5.25 years
  • A maximum prison sentence of 14 years
  • Lifetime registration as a sex offender

Luring of a Minor for Sexual Exploitation

Arizona law makes it illegal to offer or solicit sexual conduct with a minor. This type of charge is most often filed when someone solicits a minor for sex, usually in an undercover sting operation, and that minor turns out to be an undercover police officer. Luring of a minor for sexual exploitation would also fit Owen Labrie's case as the jury found that he used an electronic communication to commit statutory rape - or as it is known in Arizona, sexual conduct with a minor.

In Arizona, a conviction for luring of a minor for sexual exploitation carries the following penalties:

  • A minimum prison sentence of 5 years
  • A maximum prison sentence of 15 years
  • Lifetime registration as a sex offender

We Defend Sexual Assault and Date Rape Charges

While sexual assault charges sound downright awful, the acquittal rate is very high - provided that you have the right lawyer. As a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer who is regarded as one of Phoenix's elite sex crimes attorneys, we know that many of these charges are trumped up, or outright false. Our recent results in sex crimes cases demonstrate that we're committed to showing the truth and restoring our clients' reputations and freedom. If you or someone you know is facing sexual assault charges, or is facing a sexual assault allegation, now is the time to contact us so that we can put more than 20 years of experience to work for you.

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