A prep school graduate accused of raping a younger student at the elite St. Paul’s School was found not guilty Friday on the main sexual assault charges, but guilty on several lesser counts. Defendant Owen Labrie stood, then dropped his head and sobbed as he listened to the verdict. The accuser, flanked by family members in the front row, also sobbed as her mother held her tight. So ended the trial of Labrie, 19, and with it a rare exploration of the backslapping sexual culture among some students at one of the nation’s most exclusive boarding schools.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.