Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Boyfriend" guilty in drugging, rape, stalking of Redding, CA woman

A Redding, CA man was convicted of 26 charges relating to the rape, then stalking of a woman yesterday. Mark Wayne Gray, 42, was convicted by a Shasta County jury of rape, sexual battery, 1st degree residential burglary, and stalking, and faces a maximum sentence of over 20 years.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Stew Jankowitz filled in Wednesday for vacationing Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, who prosecuted Gray. Jankowitz said he was familiar with the case.

His familiarity comes from being the investigator and prosecutor who filed the original charges in this case. He said that the 29 year old victim's "unbelievable abuse" was "a line that was crossed in this case many times....Nobody should have to undergo that."

The victim and Gray had a relationship which ended in 2007. Gray proceeded to stalk her at her workplace, home, and school until September last year. After his arrest, the victim learned that Gray had drugged her during sex. She also learned that Gray had filmed the sexual activity, as well as sex acts involving neighbors. This lead to convictions on a single peeking count and multiple counts of invasion of privacy by means of a video camera.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 30.

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