An incoming college student who was expected to be a member of the Harvard Class of 2018 is no longer enrolled at the college following serious sexual assault accusations earlier this summer, The Harvard Crimson reports.
Owen Labrie was charged in mid-July with “three counts of felonious aggravated sexual assault, three counts of statutory sexual assault, and one count of using a computer to lure a victim to the scene of a crime,” according to The Crimson.
A press release from the Concord, New Hampshire, police department says that 18-year-old Labrie allegedly had non-consensual sex with a 15-year-old female freshman at the St. Paul’s School — an elite boarding school where he was a senior.
As The Crimson reports:
The incident began when Labrie sent the freshman a “senior salute,” a spring semester tradition at the school in which senior boys send younger girls emails to solicit a romantic encounter, just before graduation, according to the police affidavit. The female agreed to meet with Labrie after the email exchange, but told investigators that “her understanding was that it was ‘just a hook up,’ which to her meant kissing or making out.”
The affidavit characterised the tradition as a “competition” among senior boys to see how many girls they could “hook up” with before graduating.
Labrie was removed from the Harvard Class of 2018 Facebook — a student directory for incoming freshman — and is not a part of the Class of 2018 Facebook group online, The Crimson reports. A Harvard spokesperson confirmed to The Crimson that Labrie was no longer enrolled in the college but declined to comment further on the case.
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