offering further proof that you just can't make this stuff up, lisa redmond once again has a beaut in the lowell sun. this one's from last friday, but it's as timeless as habs fans whining about injuries and referees, (they do it even when they win, so it's not like they're hypocritical about it), so please enjoy
apparently, this past february, "JT" was hauled out of his truck/home in the back woods near nashoba valley ski area where he had been hiding out since skipping bail in november on rape charges fron an incident in may of 2006. it's not clear from the story if his level 3 sex offender status was from this case or another adventure, but you can add "failure to register" to the growing list of JT's upcoming legal headaches, and lets just say life can be tough these days if you're an indigent guy with an extracurricular foot fetish.
however, don't mistake my snarkiness for a lack of sympathy for JT's current situation. first of all, i'd like to make it clear that i wouldn't want folks like wendy murphy to take offense or imagine me an apologist for guys like j. james marzilli et al., because you can look back through the posts here and see what i've had to say about him and his ilk, but under the general heading of "innocent until proven guilty", this particular story has too much going on to imagine we've heard anything near to the whole thing. lisa, if you're listening, we're begging you for a follow-up.
the prosecution's story, courtesy of prosecutor elizabeth dunigan, is that JT was cruising around downtown lowell (around closing time, i'm guessing) in his truck, and coincidentally offered to help a 24 year old drunk woman and her boyfriend with an out-of-gas situation. as is common at that probable hour, the destination was set to santoro's, whereby said boyfriend was to marshal his peeps for assistance with the gas. however, "when he returned to the truck, his girlfriend and [JT] were gone".
now here's where i have my first problem with what we're being told. first of all, from the blue shamrock where said drunk girl was getting her drunk on, to santoro's where all the after-hours shenanigans seem to originate, it can't be more than a half a mile. 10 minute walk, TOPS. (more like 5 if you're in a hurry). nice safe main streets. it's a pretty thin premise that a guy in need of a friend's aid would be flagging down strange motorists to help with the distance, but i guess the drunk girl must have been already out on her feet by then, so who knows. the second thing that begs inquiry is why, after losing ones drunk girlfriend to a stranger in a pickup truck, should that be the last we ever hear of said boyfriend in the story. does he just go home and say, "aw, shucks"? in any case, we now have to fast forward to an ayer motel room where JT was said to be (by his alleged victim) ministering to her phalanges, and by that i don't mean fingers.
so she's drunk and her "boyfriend" doesn't seem to be close enough to be concerned (or maybe he is just close enough to be familiar) about her disappearing with the first guy to offer a ride. fair enough. i can accept that. and it's pretty clear that it's no stretch to accept "the alleged victim passed out in [JT's] truck from her alcohol consumption, according to court documents". so the third part of this story that has my face scrunched up in a knot of "huh?" is that, when she awoke to find her toes being thoughtfully moistened by her new friend, she simply asked to be taken back to her car in lowell, to which she was promptly returned by our man JT, and which now, according to the story we have in the paper, has somehow regained it's necessary supply of gasoline for the ride to the cops to report a sexual assault.
am i the only one who can't get their head around this one?
she was drunk, of that i have little doubt, but the "gas" and the "boyfriend" and the "i passed out" business are just a little sketchy for me to take without question. "[JT] told police he had consensual sex with the woman, with some toe-sucking involved". of course he did. you just can't make this stuff up.
but here's where i think JT will never get a fair shake on this one: "also on his five-page criminal record are charges of trespassing and disturbing the peace after he was ordered to stay out of the o'leary library at umass lowell for claiming he was doing a study on reflexology and conned people into letting him give them foot massages."
wendy, i'm not saying he didn't do "it", whatever "it" is, but i am saying that we're definitely into some murky territory here, and the "she said" part of he said she said on this one is absolutely ripe for some close cross examination.
note to self: don't pick up drunk chicks coming out of the blue shamrock. (that is, unless you've brought them there yourself, and wasn't that a st patties day weekend to remember).