The Aftermath of the St. Paul's School Rape Trial Verdict

ABC News' Gio Benitez reports on the controversial split jury verdict.
2:37 | 08/30/15

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Now our "Closer look" at the split verdict in the prep school sexual assault case, where a former student was accused by a freshman girl. And perhaps the biggest question being asked this morning, was justice served? Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Guilty or not guilty. Guilty. Reporter: 19-year-old Owen Labrie broke down in tears when a jury in New Hampshire found him not guilty. He was acquitted of more serious felony sexual assault charges. Not guilty. Reporter: At the crux of the case, two was more believable? The 15-year-old accuser who claimed she was violated. I didn't kick or scream or really push, but I did say no. I said no three times. Reporter: Or Labrie. Seen in this mug shot from last year. I thought to myself, you know, maybe we shouldn't do this. The jury disbelieved portions of both, the victim and the defendant's testimony, they believed the 15-year-old victim that sex did occur. They also were not convinced that it was not consensual. Reporter: The case revealing details of the senior salute, a ritual here at St. Paul's. The elite boarding school, where graduating seniors propositioned younger schoolmates. What does this verdict tell you? They concluded that these two teenagers getting together for a consensual encounter. We still feel betrayed by St. Paul's schools, as they allowed and to fostered a toxic culture. Reporter: The school here St. Paul's sending a letter to parents saying the lessons it has learned are critically important to their growth. Adding, it's our responsibility to ensure that our students live and learn together in a community that's built on respect, caring and support for one another, anything short of that cannot and will not be accepted. Attorney Kathy Harris has been dealing with sl harassment on school campuses for years. If you're a parent and you think your child is protected, because that's not the school or doing such and such, you're just sorely mistaken. Reporter: With classes set to start in less than two weeks, a much different road for Labrie. Also convicted of a felony, for using a computer to seduce a child, he's also facing possible prison time. For "This week," gio Benitez, ABC news, Concord, new Hampshire.

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