For Immediate Release - July 21, 2011

Appeals Court Affirms Rape Convictions Of Former Salem Man

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the five rape convictions of a former Salem man, who beat and sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend on February 18, 2006.

At 4 a.m. that day, Raymond Streed, now 41, broke into the Swampscott home where the victim lived and worked. The family for whom she worked was away for the weekend. Streed beat, kicked and choked the victim, and threatened to kill her if she called for help. During the attack he broke the victim's left eye socket, and then raped her repeatedly.

The victim testified at trial that throughout the ordeal she was fearful, but saw no choice but to do as the defendant told her. She felt that she had been "overruled" with violence. She explained that as the day progressed she pretended to be okay with everything, and to be willing to resume the relationship.

Eventually the two of them drove to pick up food and drink, and stopped at a Salem liquor store. When Streed got out of the car and entered the store the victim immediately drove to the Salem police station to report the rapes.

Streed, who was convicted by a Salem Superior Court jury on October 15, 2007, argued in his appeal that Judge Howard J. Whitehead erred in his instructions to the jury on the issue of consent. But the Appeals Court ruled that there was neither error nor prejudice in the judge's instructions.

Streed, who was also convicted of kidnapping, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, threats, and breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor, was sentenced to 18-20 years in state prison, to be followed by 10 years of probation. As terms of his probation, Streed must undergo alcohol and anger management counseling, stay away from the victim, wear a GPS bracelet for the full 10 years, register as a sex offender and provide a DNA sample.

The case was prosecuted by Essex Assistant District Attorney Kristen Buxton, and the Commonwealth was represented on appeal by Essex Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Steinfield.

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