Friends of New Hampshire prep school graduate Owen Labrie, currently on trial for raping a 15-year-old female student, gave testimony Monday that appears to conflict with Labrie’s claims that he never had sex with the alleged victim.
A former roommate of Labrie’s told the court that his buddy claimed to have had sexual intercourse with the girl on the evening of May 30, 2014, during St. Paul’s School’s year-end “senior salute” tradition where graduating seniors proposition younger students.
Andrew Thomson, who now attends Brown University, said he warned his roommate against hooking up with the student. “I told him it probably wasn’t a good great idea and I warned him that she was a lot younger than us,” Thomson said in the Concord, New Hampshire, courtroom.
Hours after the alleged assault, the two met up back in their dorm room and, according to Boston.com, Thomson said Labrie told him that he’d “boned her,” which he interpreted as meaning that Labrie had sex with the victim.
Both individuals have admitted that there was consensual touching and kissing, but Labrie told police in June 2014 that he never had sex with the girl. Prosecutors are attempting to convince the jury that the two had penetrative sex, a claim that defense attorneys deny.
Thomson was one of three witnesses appearing in court Monday who prosecutors hope will undercut Labrie’s claims that the two did not have sexual intercourse. The Boston Globe reports that another one of his friends testified that Labrie told him he’d had sex with the victim, bragging that he’d “pulled every trick in the book.”
The witness said he thought the girl liked Labrie and he’d spotted them together a few times at school dances. He added that Labrie and another pal were holding a contest to see how many girls they could kiss during the senior salute.
The girl, now 16, testified last week about the alleged assault in a secluded room on the campus, describing how Labrie twice attempted to remove her bra and underwear, which she claims to have tried to resist. Labrie’s attorneys have argued that the two had consensual sexual contact, something they say is evident by her lighthearted messages to Labrie after the alleged attack.
Labrie, who was set to study theology at Harvard after his graduation [his acceptance has reportedly been revoked due to the rape charges], is expected to testify in his own defense this week.
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