For Immediate Release - April 12, 2012

Marblehead Man to Serve 12-15 Years for Child Rape

Judge Timothy Feeley sentenced Richard Jones, 43 of 29 Auburndale Road, Marblehead to 12 to 15 years in state prison followed by 5 years of probation.  While on probation, Jones is to have no contact with the victims, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16, wear an electronic bracelet, participate in sex-offender treatment and register as a sex offender.  An Essex Superior Court jury found Jones guilty yesterday in Salem Superior Court of child rape with force and indecent assault & battery on a child under 14 after one and half days of deliberations.

In her sentencing argument, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kim Faitella stated, “The magnitude of his actions can never be truly realized.  He took the victims’ sense of security and trust and he stole their innocence.”  During the trial, Faitella proved that Jones forcibly raped and sexually assaulted two young girls who were age 12 and 9 at the time.  The victims, who are now 20 and 17, testified at the trial and gave victim-impact statements at the sentencing hearing.

Faitella argued for a period of probation that included sex offender treatment so as “to ensure that no other child can be victimized.”  In support of that, Faitella told the court that Jones sexually assaulted a 12 year old girl in the mid-eighties but that conduct fell outside the statute of limitations and therefore was not prosecuted.

Faitella praised the victims for their courage in disclosing the crime, testifying at the trial and providing the victim impact statements. 

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett commended Faitella.  “Every time we put a perpetrator of child sexual assault and rape in jail, we send a message to other victims that what happened to them is not their fault, and if they are able to come forward, we will work tirelessly to secure justice on their behalf.”

Jones was represented by Attorney Jessica Thrall.