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February 5, 2014

Judge: Abuser 'needs to be caged'

Martial arts instructor held without bail

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Simons sought to discredit the woman. He handed the judge a love letter she had written to Louf, and he questioned the woman’s character.

Simons called one of Louf’s friends, Joseph Rhodes, as a character witness. Rhodes testified that he had seen the young woman in sparring matches and that she was always eager to get back in the ring.

But after Rhodes described how he’d been involved in MMA fighting for the past decade, MacDougall pointed out, “You don’t have cauliflower ears, do you?”

Under questioning by MacDougall, the woman said she and Louf started dating a couple of months after they met through a dating website, Match.com, and she joined his gym. She took karate and jujitsu lessons, she said, but never engaged in the type of MMA fighting that Louf’s lawyer described.

As for why she never reported the abuse? MacDougall asked if Louf had said anything to her about that.

“He said he would go after me and my (expletive) mother, that he would throw me in the river, that he had ways to get rid of my body. Cruel and disgusting ways,” the woman said.

On the evening after she interviewed the victim last week, Salem police Patrolwoman Kathleen Rocheville got a call from the woman’s mother, she testified.

A co-worker had seen a man who looked like Louf pull into the parking lot, look around, and then drive away, Rocheville testified.

Louf has no license, and according to court documents, has not had one in Massachusetts since 2002. In 2011 he was charged with drunken driving and driving without a license, after knocking down a pole at the intersection of Washington and Canal streets in Salem, charges that were continued without a finding for a year.

He told police during his arrest that he hadn’t gotten around to renewing his Massachusetts license after moving back here from Florida.

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