For years, through a score of accusations, multiple arrests and two criminal trials, Jeffrey Marsalis had stayed one step ahead of a rape conviction.
Twenty-one women in the Philadelphia area had accused him in incidents occurring between 2001 and 2005. Ten of those cases were prosecuted, in two separate trials.
Both times — in January 2006 and June 2007 — Marsalis, a former emergency medical technician who masqueraded as a trauma surgeon and sometimes as an astronaut, was found not guilty of rape, though he was convicted in the second trial on two lesser charges of sexual assault.
Then, in April 2009, Marsalis, 35, faced rape charges again, this time in Sun Valley, Idaho, where his family had long owned property.
A young woman, “Jody,” had accused him of raping her in his apartment after the two went out drinking one night in October 2005. Jody had to wait more than three years for Marsalis’ Philadelphia trials to wrap up before she would have her day in court.
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And now, for the first time, after declining to testify in any of his trials and refusing to make any public statement, Marsalis would discuss the charges against him, in an interview with ABC News.
“Let me make something very, very clear to you,” Marsalis said after the case’s conclusion. “I have never drugged anybody. I have never raped anybody. I have never forced myself on anybody. Ever.”
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