For Immediate Release - January 30, 2009

Jason P. Ray was found to be a Sexually Dangerous Person by Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that Jason P. Ray, age 40, was found to be a Sexually Dangerous Person by Superior Court Judge Gary Nickerson. As a result of the verdict Jason Ray is to be confined to the Massachusetts Treatment Center for a day up to life.

During the three day jury waived trial Judge Nickerson heard from five expert witnesses. The Commonwealth's expert opined that Jason Ray was sexually dangerous and the two expert witnesses on behalf of Jason Ray testified that Ray was not sexually dangerous. The two Qualified Examiners appointed by the Court to perform an assessment of Jason Ray's sexual dangerousness were split in their opinions, with one finding sexual dangerousness and the other finding Jason Ray not sexually dangerous. Assistant District Attorney Sharon J. Thibeault prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

In 1991 Jason Ray was sentenced to six to ten years in state prison for Rape of a Child with Force for forcibly raping a young girl in the town of Falmouth. This case had been investigated by the Falmouth Police Department. In 2000 Jason Ray was sentenced to 4 years to 4 years and a day for Rape of a Child, the daughter of a woman he befriended as a pen pal from prison during the earlier state prison sentence. The 2000 case which occurred in the town of Barnstable and was investigated by the Barnstable Police Department served as the predicate offense for the Commonwealth's Petition for Sexual Dangerousness. Both cases were prosecuted by the Office of the Cape and Islands District Attorney.

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