Jeffrey J. Marsalis Convicted of Sexual Assault in Match.com Internet Date Case

 

Jeffrey Marsalis is just another perfect example that people have to be oh so careful Jeffrey J. Marsaliswhen dealing with people on the internet. If they sound perfect, chances are they are not.  Marsalis was accused of using a date rape drug as part of his MO. Jeffrey Marsalis made a cottage industry of using the web for his sexual assaults. One does have to wonder why the jury acquitted him of rape.

A man who faked being a doctor, an astronaut and a spy to dates he met online was convicted Wednesday of two counts of sexual assault but acquitted of raping several women who accused him of drugging them.

The jury reached its verdict on the fifth day of deliberations that were so contentious jurors were overheard shouting at each other earlier in the week. He was acquitted of eight rape counts and a count of impersonating a public servant.

Marsalis could get up to 20 years in prison for the two sexual assault counts at sentencing, set for Sept. 18. The jury could not reach a verdict on one rape count. (Fox News)

Posted June 14, 2007 by
Crime, Sex Offender | 5 comments


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    5 Responses to “Jeffrey J. Marsalis Convicted of Sexual Assault in Match.com Internet Date Case”

    1. Juan on June 18th, 2007 11:36 pm

      He won’t have to “fake” being in prison. Over and Out!

    2. Alex on June 23rd, 2007 8:59 pm

      Anyone interested can follow the local press accounts of the trial by searching for “Jeffrey Marsalis” at http://www.philly.com.

      According to local accounts, the jury, the majority of whom were female, acquitted him on 6 counts of rape and were unable to reach a decision on the 7the rape charge. Apparently, they couldn’t reconcile the notion of rape with the fact that the women maintained some level of friendly contact with Marsalis after the attacks. This sort of victim behavior is not unusual, but the jury was not allowed to hear expert testimony about the typical response of date rape victims. According to local press, it’s a law in PA that expert testimony is not allowed in rape cases. The jury was also not allowed to know that Marsalis faces similar rape charges in Idaho, and was previously charged on three counts of rape in PA.

      Evidence at trial suggested predatory behavior–he maintained a list of intended victims on his computer, sought his victims on Match.com and elsewhere while simultaneously engaged to a law student. Hopefully he will get the maximum sentence for the sexual assaults.

      I wonder what Kelly, who posted comments on an earlier article on Marsalis, feels/thinks now that this is over? Relieved? Exonerated? She said that she planned to attend the trial every day, and support her friend Jeffrey. She said she’d sit next to his Mom–but his mother wasn’t there. His father attended the trial every day. Is Mom hiding from the press??

    3. Julia on September 19th, 2007 10:02 am

      I’m just curious about the PA law that does not permit expert testimony in rape cases…does anyone have any background on the rationale for such a rule?

    4. Anonymous on August 3rd, 2008 7:31 am

      I’m sure his Mom didn’t go because they do NOT get along. His Dad was there because his Dad would LIE for him.

    5. WJOsler on November 21st, 2008 7:13 pm

      Mr. Marsallis, scum that he is, was sentenced to 21 years, not eligible for parole until he serves 11yrs. The jury had found him guilty of 2 felony couts of sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of unlawful restraint.

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