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Appeals court upholds Salem man's rape, kidnapping convictions

Posted by Stewart Bishop  July 20, 2011 12:16 PM

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The Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld the rape convictions of a former Salem man, who was found guilty in 2007 of attacking and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutors said on February 18, 2006, Raymond Streed, 41, broke into a Swampscott home where the victim lived and worked and proceeded to beat, kick and choke the victim, Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said in a statement. During the attack Streed raped the woman repeatedly, broke her left eye socket, and threatened to kill her if she called for help.

The victim later testified that she complied with Streed's demands out of fear, and as the day wore on she pretended to be okay with everything and acted as if she was willing to resume their relationship, Blodgett said.

Later when the two drove to a liquor store, Streed got out of the car and the victim immediately drove to the Salem police station and reported the attack.  

Streed was convicted of rape, kidnapping, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, threats, and breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor. During his appeal, Streed argued that, during the original trial, Judge Howard J. Whitehead erred in his instructions to the jury concerning the issue of consent, Blodgett said. The Appeals Court disagreed and ruled that there was neither error nor prejudice in the judge's instructions, according to the district attorney.

Streed will resume his original sentence of 18-20 years in state prison, to be followed by 10 years of probation.  While on probation, Streed is ordered to undergo alcohol and anger management counseling, stay away from the victim, wear a GPS tracking bracelet at all times, register as a sex offender and provide a DNA sample to authorities.


Stewart Bishop can be reached at sbishop@globe.com

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