State Files Motion to Revoke Owen Labrie’s Bail After Tweets Prompt Travel Probe

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Owen Labrie

UPDATE: The state asserts that Owen Labrie, who was convicted of sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and certain use of computer prohibited, against a 15-year-old girl at St.  Paul’s School, has violated a condition of his release by failing to comply with his curfew, travelling outside the parameters of his curfew at least eight  times. Manchester Attorney Jaye Rancourt is handling Labrie’s appeal. “We’re waiting for more specific allegations from the state. We’d like to file our response in a couple of days,” Rancourt said.


Carole Alfano, Public Information Officer, NH Judicial Branch News Release: Good afternoon, I am attaching the Expedited Motion to Revoke Bail filed by the State today (3/14) in State v. Owen Labrie (#217-2014-CR-0617).

No date/time has been set for a motion hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord. This office will keep you posted and provide the information when it becomes available.

MERRIMACK, S.S.                                                                       SUPERIOR  COURT



Docket No. 14-CR-617


NOW COMES the State of New Hampshire, by and through the  Office of the Merrimack County Attorney, and respectfully requests this Honorable Court schedule an expedited hearing to review the issue of bail and conditions of release in the above-noted matters.   In support thereof, the State says the  following:

  1. The Defendant has been convicted of Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of Chi ld, and Certain Use of Computer Prohibited.
  1. Pending appeal of his convictions, the Defendant is released  on bail  set at $15,000. PR bail  and additional  conditions of release.  Specifically, the  Defendant’s  release  includes a condition  that he shall live at hi s mother’s residence in Tunbridge, Vermont and compl y with a curfew from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am, subject to verification  by phone or in  person.
  1. On or about the 29th day of February, 2016, a series of Twitter messages were posted to the Internet regarding a conversation between the defendant and a journalist that occurred on a train in Cambridge, Mass. that same day. These postings prompted  an investigation  into the  defendant’s travels.
  1. Upon information and belief, the State asserts that the Defendant has violated a condition of his release by failing to comply with his curfew, travelling outside the parameters of his curfew at least eight  times.
  1. The State further asserts that under these circumstances, there is clear and convincing evidence that the defendant has violated the above-noted condition of his release, and that he is unlikely to abide by any condition or combination of conditions of release.

WHEREFORE, the State respectfully  requests that this Honorable  Court:

  1. Schedule an EXPEDITED hearing on the matter;  and
  1. Upon hearing, issue an order of revocation and detention of the Defendant pend ing appeal of his convictions in the above-entitled matters;  and
  1. Grant any and all such further relief as may be deemed just and

Respectfully  Submitted,


Catherine J. Ruffle

Deputy Merrimack  County Attorney



I hereby ce1tify that a copy of this moti on has been forwarded this date to Jaye Rancourt, Esquire, counsel  for the Defendant,  85 Brook  Street, Manchester, NH  03104.