Jeffrey Gray charged with kidnapping, rape of woman

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March 30, 2011, 4:23 pm

(NECN: Lauren Collins, Salem, NH) - Prosecutors will only hint at what the horrific allegations are against a Salem, New Hampshire planning board member.

Police say he answered a roommate ad on Craig'slist, then "he willfully and physically held somebody against their will, completely degraded her and sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions," said Windham, NH Prosecutor Heather Newell in court.  

Those are the accusations against Jeffrey Gray - the Salem, New Hampshire Planning Board member arraigned Wednesday on kidnapping, felonious sexual assault and other charges.  Police say he held a woman captive in his Windham home for three days and finally drove her to Logan Airport where, on March 9th, she escaped and alerted authorities.

Gray only rented the house about a month ago and apparently told his landlord he wouldn't be around much.  He was there when police searched the property.  At first cooperative, Gray soon left town and checked himself into the VA Medical Center in Brockton where he was arrested Tuesday. 
"We asked for the high cash bail," said Newell of the $50,000 request, "because it appears that the facts that are alleged in this case are at least somewhat similar with regards to domestic violence convictions he has in the past."

That record includes 13 years worth of domestic assaults and stalking charges.  Fellow Salem Planning Board members say Gray was always thoughtful and professional - no sign of personal troubles.  But his landlord in Salem says Gray didn't pay the bills and evicted him.  The 48-year-old divorcee is currently named in two restraining orders - one taken out by his sister who has custody of his children.  He's been ordered into anger management in the past

"Clearly that hasn't been enough to ensure the safety of the community," said Newell. 

And while his lawyer doesn't consider him a flight risk, Gray is behind bars on $50-thousand cash bail. 

As for the woman he allegedly kidnapped, Windham Police Capt. Mike Caron says, "she's very well taken care of, we're in constant communication with her and she's fine at this time." 

Tags: kidnapping, rape , Lauren Collins, Craigslist, Jeffrey Gray, Salem planning board
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