A male student who was bound for Harvard University this fall won’t be part of the freshman class after he was accused of sexual assault at his high school.
Owen Labrie was arrested in July on charges of sexually assaulting a female freshman at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, according to a July 16 police statement. Labrie isn’t enrolled at Harvard, Colin Manning, a spokesman for the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university, said today.
Labrie turned himself in to the Concord Police Department, which conducted a month-long investigation into allegations that he engaged in sexual acts with the 15-year-old student after luring her to an “unauthorized area” in the school, according to the police statement. He was a senior at St. Paul’s, a selective prep school, at the time, according to the statement.
Manning declined to comment on the specifics of why Labrie isn’t enrolled at Harvard. The Harvard Crimson student newspaper, which reported the story earlier today, said that the university may deny enrollment because of behavior that brings into question “honesty, maturity or moral character.”
In an e-mail today to alumni of St. Paul’s, rector Michael Hirschfeld shared a letter he sent to parents last month outlining school initiatives to “enhance healthy relationships.” They include working with advisers who specialize in anti-bullying, bystander intervention training, emotional health and grief.
Jana Brown, a spokeswoman for St. Paul’s, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
James Moir, Labrie’s lawyer, said his client pleaded not guilty last week.
Labrie, who was 18 at the time of his arrest, was released on $15,000 bail, according to the police statement, which said he was scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 15 in state court in Concord. Moir said that appearance won’t take place because his client has already entered a plea.
Several weeks ago, Labrie’s name was removed from a student directory known as the Harvard College Facebook, the Crimson reported. His Facebook profile also isn’t on the Harvard class of 2018’s Facebook page, the newspaper said.
Harvard said in July that it revamped its policies and procedures relating to campus sexual assault and submitted them to the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights for review.
Among the changes, the university will centralize investigations under a new Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution. The office will use expert investigators to look into all types of sexual assault, stalking, harassment or misconduct.
Alumni of St. Paul’s include U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau.
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