For Immediate Release - April 12, 2013

Lynn Man to Serve 14-16 Years in Prison for 2011 Rape

Jerome Smith, 39, of Lynn was sentenced to 14 to 16 years in State Prison followed by 10 years of probation by Judge Richard Welch today in Lawrence Superior Court.  An Essex County Superior Court jury found Smith guilty of 2 counts of rape, 1 count of kidnapping, 2 counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and 2 counts of assault and battery on April 5, 2013.

Essex Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Strasnick and Jennifer Kirshenbaum proved that on September 29, 2011, Smith approached a woman in front of St. Joseph’s Rectory at 40 Green Street in Lynn and dragged her down a driveway where he raped and assaulted her.  In her sentencing argument, ADA Strasnick requested 15- to 20- years stating, “while we unfortunately see many terrifying and horrible things that people do on a daily basis, a stranger rape is quite uncommon.  That rape, in conjunction with Jerome Smith’s criminal history, show an individual with a blatant disrespect for the law and a blatant disrespect for women.”

“Rape is a particularly abhorrent crime,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “The courage demonstrated by this victim cannot be underestimated.”

ADAs Strasnick and Kirshenbaum were assisted by Victim Witness Advocate Theresa Gay.  Strasnick and Kirshenbaum also thanked Lynn Police Sargent Richard Donnelly, Detective Joe Chadbourne, and Officer Ashley Wright for their help on the investigation.

While on probation, Smith was ordered to register as a sex offender, seek sex offender treatment, wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, remain drug and alcohol free and submit to random screens, stay away from and have no contact with the victim.  Smith was represented by Attorney Christopher Norris and has 570 days of credit toward his sentence.