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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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Even when told by a friend who had seen the photos that “I think you could get into trouble,” MacDougall told the judge, Jones didn’t think he’d done anything wrong.

Jones, said the prosecutor, “wasn’t satisfied with having gotten away with it. He had to humiliate her by putting it on the Internet.”

It took months for Facebook to agree to take down the phony page, but there are no guarantees that the images aren’t still floating around online somewhere, the prosecutor said.

The woman said she still fears that people she meets, or potential employers, will find those images online.

As the victim spoke, some of Jones’ family members sat in the courtroom gallery, scowling. One person in the group of Jones supporters let out a long, loud sigh as the woman described struggling to make ends meet after she lost clients because of the case.

MacDougall, who addressed the judge after the woman, suggested that anyone who believes she was complicit in the rape “should be ashamed of themselves.”

Jones’ attorney, William Korman, said little during the hearing yesterday, other than telling the judge that Jones “knows what a trial could do” to the woman. Korman had urged a shorter, two- to three-year prison term for his client.

The woman said she is now focusing on her new life, but still wants to pursue legal action against Facebook. The social networking site ignored requests from the lead investigator on the case, now-retired police detective Marion Keating, then the district attorney’s office, which eventually had to obtain a court order to have the site taken down.

And she’s furious that Jones was allowed to remain on Facebook despite the charges, posting updates on his travels after he made bail, said the woman.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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