By Doug Ireland
---- — BRENTWOOD — Former Salem Planning Board member Jeffrey Gray was sentenced this morning to seven to 14 years in state prison for raping and a assaulting a New York woman he took in as a roommate.
Gray, 50, was convicted on the two counts June 19. But he was acquitted on six other aggravated sexual assault counts and a kidnapping charge after a eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated for eight hours in Rockingham Superior Court.
Gray, a Windham civil engineer, insisted during the weeklong trial that he never raped the 36-year-old woman and that the sex between the two was consensual.
The woman testified for several hours over two days, sobbing at times. She told how Gray raped her in March 2011 while wearing an adult-sized diaper and pretending to be a baby.
Gray asked that she pretend to be his mother, the woman testified.
The woman also said she was desperate and looking for a new start when Gray answered her Craigslist advertisement seeking an affordable place to live. He let her live at his lakeside home for free in exchange for light housework.
He faced up to 10 to 20 years for sexual assault and up to a year imprisonment on the misdemeanor simple assault charge for urinating on the woman.
The 50-year-old Windham civil engineer faces 10 to 20 years in state prison for sexual assault when he is sentenced Sept. 7 and up to a year imprisonment on the misdemeanor simple assault charge.
Gray, who resigned from his Planning Board position, had been in jail since his arrest and held on $50,000 cash bail.