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Sunderland man held on rape charge

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man is being held on $100,000 cash bail after denying charges he raped a woman in South Hadley in August.

Jesse Davis, 41, of 253 Amherst Road, pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday before Judge Bertha Josephson to one count of rape.

If he posts bail, Davis must submit to GPS monitoring and have no contact with the alleged victim nor witnesses in the case.

According to court records, Davis, who is represented by Jonah Goldsmith of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, is accused of raping a female acquaintance on Aug. 11.

According to the alleged victim, she and a friend had been drinking in Greenfield on Aug. 10 and picked up Davis — a mutual acquaintance — at his home in Sunderland and all three went to the woman’s home in South Hadley.

She told police that after she had gone to bed, she awoke to find Davis on top of her taking her pants off while she struggled underneath him causing “panic symptoms,” according to court files.

The woman said “no” several times to Davis during the assault, according to court files. She said she eventually was able to shove Davis off her.

The alleged assault lasted about 25 minutes, according to the victim.

According to court records, Davis went into another room and the woman locked herself in her bedroom.

Davis and her friend were both gone when the woman contacted friends later that morning, one of whom escorted her to the hospital where a medical exam was performed and police were contacted.

The prosecutor, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, said the high bail was requested because Davis left Massachusetts for his native Alabama during the investigation, which meant a warrant was issued and extradition required to bring him back to Massachusetts to face charges.

Davis is due back in court on March 26 for a pretrial hearing.

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