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Labrie spent the past two months in jail

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May 17, 2016 01:35 PM

Owen Labrie, the former prep school student convicted of a series of crimes including misdemeanor sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student in 2014, was released on bail Monday as he appeals his convictions, PEOPLE confirms.

Labrie, 20, was sentenced to one year in jail and has spent the past two months in a New Hampshire jail, his lawyer, Jaye Rancourt, tells PEOPLE. In March, his bail was revoked after prosecutors argued Labrie had violated his curfew – which requires him to be in his mother’s Vermont home between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. – at least seven times.

Labrie will have GPS ankle monitoring to ensure he complies with curfew. Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle, who had argued against Labrie’s bail being reinstated, nonetheless tells PEOPLE, “Assuming the technology is all going to work, I think we are going to be able to supervise him sufficiently.”

Labrie has filed a motion for a new trial based on ineffective counsel in his previous trial, but no court date has been set, Rancourt says.

Labrie is a former student at the elite St. Paul’s school whose sexual encounter with the female student was allegedly part of a tradition called the Senior Salute, in which male seniors compete to have encounters with younger female students. Labrie denied having sex with the female student.

Labrie was convicted of three misdemeanor sexual assault charges and one felony charge of computer use to entice or lure a child under 16 in order to commit a sexual assault. He was acquitted of felony sexual assault.

Owen Labrie
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Owen Labrie
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Labrie’s alleged curfew violations surfaced earlier this year, after a Vice reporter spotted him on a train from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Boston. The reporter wrote a story about their encounter, saying Labrie was visiting his girlfriend at Harvard, prompting an investigation by prosecutors.

Rancourt contends Labrie was in classes at the time, adding, “There was no evidence whatsoever that he was visiting a girl in Cambridge other than a girl who accosted him on a train and blogged about it.”

She adds, “There’s not any indication that Owen is a danger who’s going to commit new crimes.”

However, Ruffle says, “There was evidence to support he was visiting a girlfriend.”

She adds that she disagrees with Rancourt’s assertion that Labrie is not a danger, saying, “This is a young man that has been convicted of a sexual assault on a 15-year-old. He has denied everything from the beginning and has had no meaningful counseling to address what underlying issues might have caused him to wind up in those circumstances.”

Rancourt says that Labrie’s time in jail “was an eye-opening experience for him,” and she argued in court the experience will help him better comply with conditions of his bail.

But Ruffle disagreed, saying in court, according to multiple reports, “The only thing that’s changed is the defendant doesn’t like it in jail.”

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