“You’re going to do a year in the House of Corrections and probation,” Judge Larry Smukler said, according to the New York Times. “That’s the bottom line.”
In August, a New Hampshire jury acquitted Labrie of more serious felony rape charges but found him guilty of illegal computer use, a felony that requires him to register as a sex offender. He was also found guilty of misdemeanor sex charges.
The case involving issues of consent at an exclusive private school attracted national attention over the summer. At the center of the case was St. Paul’s School’s “Senior Salute,” an alleged yearly practice in which upperclassmen purposefully seek out dates, sometimes involving sex, with younger students.
Prosecutors asked for a 3½- to seven-year prison sentence, according to the Associated Press.
In a recorded victim-impact statement, the girl said she has faced physical and verbal intimidation upon returning to school, NBC News reported.
“What he did to me made me feel like I didn’t belong on this planet, and that I would be better off dead than to deal every day with what was thrown in my direction after doing the right thing,” she said, according to the news station.
Labrie’s attorneys submitted a memorandum on Wednesday asking for leniency and pledging that he would receive counseling, perform community service and not contact the victim or the school, according to the Concord Monitor.
“This scarlet letter will even accompany him in retirement, where there will still be restrictions on where he can live, or what he can do with his grandchildren,” Labrie’s attorney J.W. Carney wrote, the Monitor reported.