Girl says firefighter raped her

Full story: Telegram & Gazette/Sunday Telegram

To the woman he allegedly raped, Jeffrey Belmore is a dangerous predator who belongs behind bars.

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#21
Sep 12, 2006
 
I was on the convicting jury. I just want put it out there that the experience of being on a jury is a very educational experience. It involves a lot of soul searching and fighting with personal feelings. We were told after the case that there had been a first trial that resulted in a hung jury. There were points where we felt we would be a hung jury. The hardest thing for me to "overcome" as a juror is separating what could have happened based on my imagination versus what could have happened based on the information presented to you, which is the only evidence a juror is allowed to use. I have several examples, in my mind, of what the defence could have brought into the case to cast "resonable doubt." The defense failed to do that.

I don't think Jeff is a bad man. I feel he subconsciously allowed himslef to pursue a relationship that was wrong in the eyes of Mass. Law. He didn't commit a universal crime. If this happened in another state (Hawaii perhaps) it may not have been a crime. This was a case where nobody "won.". I realize that regardless of the sentence handed down, Jeff's career is over. I realize that Jeff has done great things for his community. I realize that a lot of people care very much for Jeff. It will be a long time before I stop thinking about this experience. Unfortunately for Jeff the State proved to 12 jurors, and apparently 10 others, that he committed crimes.
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#22
Sep 12, 2006
 
Here ya go...Ego pics....

www.jeffbelmore.com

And me, myself, and I, it's so nice to have another one of Jeff's friends visit the blog. You guys always manage to stand right up and identify yourselves.

Saaaweeeeet.
Anonymous

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#23
Sep 12, 2006
 
I’d like to first thank the jurors from both of the cases for their objective insight. Everyone should keep in mind that they are the only entries on this message board who have no personal stake in the outcome, have heard BOTH sides of the story, and are in a position to determine whose stories were falsified and whose stories had merit. All others that commented are just airing their own personal feelings about the case based on their own personal feelings for someone involved.

Anonymous from Oxford has raised some interesting questions, but I don’t believe that they don’t outweigh the evidence. I am hoping for some of the jurors to respond and say whether or not they caught the same points that he makes. If so, I am wondering if you interpreted them in the same way that I did...

Fact: There is a discrepancy of what furniture was where at the time of the incident.
Fact: The room is huge and has also has undergone several different furnishings and furniture arrangements over the years.
Fact: Jeff concedes that he had never told the victim that he had sex in that room with anyone
Fact: Victim told authorities that Jeff’s sperm could be found in that room
Fact: Jeff’s sperm was found there
Fact: There is DNA evidence that corroborates her story
Reasonable: There may have been a misinterpretation of what side of the room the victim was describing when authorities began looking for the evidence.
Reasonable: A discrepancy over what furniture was where at a point in time 6 years ago could simply be chalked up to foggy memory about the furniture and its location at that time.
Unreasonable: To argue that if the victim is not sure or incorrect about the furniture then she must be not sure and/or incorrect about having sex with a fireman while on duty in his fire station.
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#24
Sep 12, 2006
 
Hey impartial observer, you sure do have a lot of time on your hands.

grow up and get a life
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#25
Sep 12, 2006
 
anon wrote:
I was on the convicting jury. I just want put it out there that the experience of being on a jury is a very educational experience. It involves a lot of soul searching and fighting with personal feelings. We were told after the case that there had been a first trial that resulted in a hung jury. There were points where we felt we would be a hung jury. The hardest thing for me to "overcome" as a juror is separating what could have happened based on my imagination versus what could have happened based on the information presented to you, which is the only evidence a juror is allowed to use. I have several examples, in my mind, of what the defence could have brought into the case to cast "resonable doubt." The defense failed to do that.
I don't think Jeff is a bad man. I feel he subconsciously allowed himslef to pursue a relationship that was wrong in the eyes of Mass. Law. He didn't commit a universal crime. If this happened in another state (Hawaii perhaps) it may not have been a crime. This was a case where nobody "won.". I realize that regardless of the sentence handed down, Jeff's career is over. I realize that Jeff has done great things for his community. I realize that a lot of people care very much for Jeff. It will be a long time before I stop thinking about this experience. Unfortunately for Jeff the State proved to 12 jurors, and apparently 10 others, that he committed crimes.
And thank you for your service. I sat on a jury for murder in Florida. It can be a real eye-opener and it definitely changes you. My prayers are with you for peace of mind.
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Sep 12, 2006
 
Anonymous wrote:
I’d like to first thank the jurors from both of the cases for their objective insight. Everyone should keep in mind that they are the only entries on this message board who have no personal stake in the outcome, have heard BOTH sides of the story, and are in a position to determine whose stories were falsified and whose stories had merit. All others that commented are just airing their own personal feelings about the case based on their own personal feelings for someone involved.
Anonymous from Oxford has raised some interesting questions, but I don’t believe that they don’t outweigh the evidence. I am hoping for some of the jurors to respond and say whether or not they caught the same points that he makes. If so, I am wondering if you interpreted them in the same way that I did...
Fact: There is a discrepancy of what furniture was where at the time of the incident.
Fact: The room is huge and has also has undergone several different furnishings and furniture arrangements over the years.
Fact: Jeff concedes that he had never told the victim that he had sex in that room with anyone
Fact: Victim told authorities that Jeff’s sperm could be found in that room
Fact: Jeff’s sperm was found there
Fact: There is DNA evidence that corroborates her story
Reasonable: There may have been a misinterpretation of what side of the room the victim was describing when authorities began looking for the evidence.
Reasonable: A discrepancy over what furniture was where at a point in time 6 years ago could simply be chalked up to foggy memory about the furniture and its location at that time.
Unreasonable: To argue that if the victim is not sure or incorrect about the furniture then she must be not sure and/or incorrect about having sex with a fireman while on duty in his fire station.
Those are all good points and anyone who has ever studied "victim testimony" will tell you that it is very common for a victim to not have 100% recall on details, as they are in a situation that can cloud their ability to remember things.

Think about the last time you were in a car accident....did you really remember everything clearly? Probably not.

I hope nobody asks me what my living room looked like six years ago....and I'm there every day.
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#27
Sep 12, 2006
 
anon wrote:
Hey impartial observer, you sure do have a lot of time on your hands.
grow up and get a life
And you care WHY???
HE IS GUILTY

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#28
Sep 12, 2006
 

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I KNOW HIM. HE'S A LYING, LOW LIFE SCUM BAG AND ADDICTED TO PORN. HE CHEATS ON ALL HIS GIRLFRIENDS AND USES HIS CHARM TO SWEET TALK THEM IN TO BED. I BELIEVE HER 100%. WHY WOULD KERI EVER MARRY HIM AND NOW HAVE A KID WITH HIM?
NOBODY HAS MENTIONED THAT HIS BROTHER WAS CONVICTED OF THE EXACT SAME THING AND IS IN JAIL. MAYBE THEY CAN BE ROOMMATES ?? HE DESERVES LIFE.
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#29
Sep 12, 2006
 
It never ceases to amaze me that people will defend a pedophile.

Guess all of you who weighed in for Belmore are okay with priests molesting altar boys, too, right?

I mean, they must have been asking for it...you know, trying to manipulate their way into or out of something...

Ya, that's it.
jane doe

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#30
Sep 12, 2006
 
this is just a tragic situation for all.
And to you from "Norwood", take up tennis or something, your killing me!!!......."O"....l et me guess......you think I am his friend also ..right?....
Who is the Victim

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#31
Sep 13, 2006
 
It is tragic. And it's tragic that a man of 25 would think a 15 year old girl was an appropriate target. They had a news show on TV tonight where random men showed up at a house to have sex with underage girls.
Society needs to stop coddling these perpetrators, be they male or female (like the schoolteachers we've read about).
Showing sympathy to the perp sends the wrong message because, well, it IS the wrong message.
Adults are responsible for their actions. Children are not given that right legally, and for good reason.
It's not that confusing to most....
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#32
Sep 14, 2006
 
I was not giving sympathy to this guy.It is Just Sad that this had to happen.and again, its a tragic situation for all.
Does everyone have to argue here and get the last word?
Who is the Victim wrote:
It is tragic. And it's tragic that a man of 25 would think a 15 year old girl was an appropriate target. They had a news show on TV tonight where random men showed up at a house to have sex with underage girls.
Society needs to stop coddling these perpetrators, be they male or female (like the schoolteachers we've read about).
Showing sympathy to the perp sends the wrong message because, well, it IS the wrong message.
Adults are responsible for their actions. Children are not given that right legally, and for good reason.
It's not that confusing to most....
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Sep 15, 2006
 

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I have served on juries for capital cases, been an investigator for more than a decade. I know both the Predator (Mr Belmore) and the victim and the families. I'll not give in to the tendency to embellish, rather simply state that 22 people believed the state's case and the 2 dissenting jurors admitted in public that it was solely the lack of testimony from the victim's father that caused them to vote no. Interesting. I know that the state would not let the father testify during the first trial, you must ask them why. He did tetify during the second trial. The victim did have her life at age 14 destroyed as well as an entire family damaged for 5 years as the criminal justice system ground along. Tough to remember minute details after 2 trials and 5 years. Also interesting the Mr Belmore was offered a plea bargain of no jail, guilty, registered sex offender level 1 and 2, supervised probation etc which he refused against the advice of counsel. The Judge even question that decision. Belmore's own counsel made him sign a document relieving the defense counsel from any negative future actions in light of his refusal to accept the plea. Bottom line an adult man raped a 14 year old girl and was found guilty on all four counts. He is going to jail, hopefully for quite awhile. At least at the maximum federal prison I worked at, child sex offenders were NOT well recieved by the general prison population. Hopefully that is still true. He and his brother, now both convicted child sex offenders need to be off the streets for as long as possible. By the way, look at the recidivisom rates for re-offense for sexual predators....you might want to keep your children under better supervision and your doors locked
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#34
Sep 15, 2006
 
anon ashland -med wrote:
The truth is being held back as those who really know what happened in the Cedar Street station cannot come forward without fear of jeopardizing their occuptions and careers. I know that lies have been told and I also can do nothing to help.
This is a pretty serious issue, no? Individuals' lives are in the balance - a young woman, a baby on the way... This statement is a bit selfish. I can't imagine a career could be in jeopardy by revealing the truth - only by telling a lie.
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#35
Sep 15, 2006
 
All I have to say is that it only takes 12 unaminous
jurors to make a decision to prove he is guilty. The attorney has to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Mr. Belmore is guilty. The evidence in this case is 100% beyond a reasonable doubt. How would that girl know exactly where they had sex. It wasn't just a coincidence that it matched his DNA. I belive we have served justice in this case.
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#36
Sep 15, 2006
 
Only the 2 parties involved know the real story.Was it a crush gone bad or was it the convicted crime. Either side could be lying. Speaking of blind justice will Mr. Belmore have as harsh a sentence as the female teacher in Florida who had sex with a 14 y/o teen ( house arrest I believe). Because it's cool if your the teen boy doing your hot teacher but rape if your the girl doing the older man. In this day and age most tweens and teens are playing sex game at gatherings. They know what they're doing. Just watch some of the primetime reports.
Justice is served

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#37
Sep 16, 2006
 
Thanks to the investigator who put their two cents in...
I think it's patently obvious that the man did it...and will face jail time.
I keep trying to feel sympathy for his wife and unborn child...what I come up with instead is amazement at her (their) lack of responsible thinking in getting pregnant while this was still unfolding.
In fact, it makes me wonder if it was planned fo rnow as a ploy to gain sympathy from the jury.
That would truly be the height of irresponsibility.
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#38
Sep 16, 2006
 
Justice is served wrote:
Thanks to the investigator who put their two cents in...
I think it's patently obvious that the man did it...and will face jail time.
I keep trying to feel sympathy for his wife and unborn child...what I come up with instead is amazement at her (their) lack of responsible thinking in getting pregnant while this was still unfolding.
In fact, it makes me wonder if it was planned fo rnow as a ploy to gain sympathy from the jury.
That would truly be the height of irresponsibility.
What, are you going to start blaming the baby next?. This Woman is not the defendant here, don't assume to know why she got pregnant. lets keep focused here.
Justice is served

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#39
Sep 17, 2006
 
Women who desire to bring a baby into the world first ask themselves what kind of a life they can offer the child. Is the marriage stable? Will the Dad be around to help raise the child? She's started this kid's life with a black mark against him/her already.

That's not fair.

Am I going to blame the baby? Nope. Would I say Mr. Belmore had a role in creating yet another victim in his unborn child? DEFINITELY.

Would I go so far as to say the wife helped? Well, she didn't keep it from happening...
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#40
Sep 17, 2006
 
Anon regardless of the girls crush, a 25 yr old male having sex with a 14 yr old is RAPE! what dont you understand.

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