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December 11, 2013

Marblehead man admits to raping woman, posting photos online

Judge cites 'particularly malicious' crime

MARBLEHEAD — The young woman had long dreamed of living in Marblehead, she told a Salem Superior Court judge yesterday.

She loved to sail and kayak, things she could enjoy easily in town.

“I was in heaven,” she said.

Then she met Reid Jones.

Yesterday, Jones, 44, pleaded guilty to raping and indecently assaulting the young woman while she was unconscious — and photographing what he did, then creating a phony Facebook page in the woman’s name and posting those photos.

His motive, prosecutors say: she had spurned his romantic advances.

Jones was sentenced by Judge Howard Whitehead to five to seven years in state prison on the rape charge, with concurrent 41/2- to five-year terms for indecent assault and battery and secretly photographing a person in the nude.

“The crime is particularly malicious,” said Whitehead. It created not only physical trauma, but an ongoing emotional trauma for the victim.

“You can take the pictures down, but you can’t remove the impression people formed when they saw those photos,” said the judge.

When he gets out of prison Jones will spend five years on probation on the identity fraud charge, with conditions that include a GPS monitoring bracelet, registering as a sex offender, sex offender treatment, a substance abuse evaluation and random drug and alcohol tests.

He’s also been ordered to have no contact with the young woman, who has since moved hours away from Marblehead, a town she says she was driven from after many of Jones’ family and friends took his side when the allegations became public.

“I could not walk my own dog down the street without being made to feel like a piece of meat or a piece of trash,” said the woman, whose name is being withheld because she is the victim of a sexual assault.

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