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March 29, 2011

Planning Board member may be arrested this week

SALEM — All Salem District Court records in the sexual assault case against Planning Board member Jeffrey Gray have been sealed. But old records show Gray has previously been convicted of misdemeanor crimes of stalking and assaulting an ex-girlfriend.

Windham police have yet to arrest Gray, 48, on warrants for aggravated felonious sexual assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, simple assault and obstructing the report of a crime. The alleged victim in those assaults met Gray after he posted a Craigslist ad seeking a roommate at his 104 South Shore Drive home in Windham.

"I hope that he'll be arrested by the end of the week," Windham police Capt. Mike Caron said yesterday. "But we won't know until he takes care of some stuff."

The assaults took place between March 5, when the woman met Gray, and March 8, when she filed a report with Salem police, Caron said. Salem police determined Gray's home was actually in Windham, and forwarded the report to them.

Windham police searched Gray's home March 9, while he was there, Caron said. There was no warrant for Gray's arrest at the time, police said.

The arrest warrants were granted March 15, and another search warrant — this one for Gray's DNA — was granted March 16. Police have yet to obtain his DNA, Caron said.

"We will get the DNA once he's arrested," he said.

In a written response to a Right to Know Law request filed by The Eagle-Tribune Friday, Windham police yesterday declined to provide the affidavits filed in support of their search warrants in the case.

Police said making the information public "may interfere with law enforcement proceedings," including Gray's apprehension and trial strategies. They also argued releasing the information would interfere with Gray's right to a fair trial, and could cause an "unwarranted invasion of privacy" for the victims and witnesses.

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