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December 11, 2013

Marblehead man admits to raping woman, posting photos online

Judge cites 'particularly malicious' crime

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Before that, in the summer of 2010, the woman and Jones, a local chef, were part of a larger group of friends who socialized in town or at each others’ homes. Their relationship, the woman said, was strictly platonic.

One night in August, she and others were at Jones’ home for a dinner party. She fell asleep there, she told police.

As the weeks went by, Jones became “possessive,” showing up one night while she was out with friends, sending constant text messages, and stopping by her house, said prosecutor Kate MacDougall.

Her friends told her that Jones was interested in her. But she wasn’t interested in him as anything more than a friend.

Finally, she’d had enough and cut off contact, said the prosecutor.

Jones called Marblehead police and claimed that the woman was suicidal, leading to a well-being check by police that ended up with police kicking in her door, MacDougall said.

About a month later, she got a call from one of their mutual friends. Jones had created a Facebook page using her name and personal information.

When the woman saw what he’d posted, she became physically sick, said the prosecutor. There were images of an unconscious woman, partially nude, posed in various positions. Other photos were found on Flickr, a photo sharing site. One of those photos showed Jones committing an act that, legally, is considered rape.

When the judge asked Jones if those allegations were true, Jones shrugged with one shoulder and said, “They are.”

His guilty pleas came on the day jury selection was scheduled to start in the case, which has been pending for more than three years.

“Mr. Jones has expressed nothing that remotely resembles remorse,” said MacDougall, the prosecutor, who was seeking a longer prison term of seven to nine years.

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