Evidence challenged in Craigslist sex extortion case
Public defender Deanna Campbell argued that during two phone calls monitored by Salem police, Gray never explicitly said he was going to tell the alleged victim’s wife about the sexual encounter.
She said Gray operated his own massage business.
Judge John Korbey found Salem police had enough probable cause for Gray’s arrest. He bound over the case to Rockingham County Superior Court where a grand jury could return an indictment.
Afterwards, Gray wanted a ride back to the restaurant, White said.
Phone calls between the men continued.
On April 17, Gray told the victim he was calling from a nearby motel in Salem and “threatened to go to (the victim’s) house with his boys and his tell wife about his encounter” if the man refused to pay the money, White testified.
She said police had no recorded statements of her client making an explicit threat.
“Did he say the words in that 10-minute phone conversation, ‘I’m going to tell your wife if you don’t pay me?,’” Campbell asked White during cross examination.
Campbell also questioned White about presenting the alleged victim with a booking photo obtained from a news story by a Springfield-based television station. The story was about Gray being arrested in a similar extortion case involving a 76-year-old Connecticut man.
Prosecutor Jason Grosky objected to the defense’s questioning about the photo, saying it was an evidence issue that did not deal directly with Gray’s arrest.
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