Ware man found guilty of rape in Granby in 2018

  • Arthur E. Salsbury Jr. is seen in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday, May 28. STAFF PHOTO/Bera Dunau

Staff Writer
Published: 5/30/2019 7:12:39 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Thursday found former Ware tow-truck driver Arthur E. Salsbury Jr. guilty of raping a woman in Granby in February 2018.

Salsbury, 42, was acquitted of a charge of kidnapping the woman and of another charge of aggravated rape. His bail was revoked and sentencing was set for June 13.

A number of people sat on Salsbury’s side of the courtroom for the verdict, and after it was announced his mother could be seen crying.

His accuser testified that he took her to Dufresene Park in Granby, where he raped her after she got into a car with him in Holyoke thinking he was someone else she’d been chatting with online. After the rape, according to the woman’s testimony, she fled from Salsbury and hid in a freezing swamp nearby.

On one count of aggravated rape, Salsbury was found guilty of the lesser-included charge of rape.

After three days of testimony, the jury began its deliberations Friday and resumed them on Tuesday. On Wednesday, one juror was dismissed for possibly engaging in outside research on the issue of reasonable doubt. An alternate juror was selected as a replacement.

Salsbury will be sentenced by Judge John Agostini, who presided over the trial.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, who prosecuted the case, released a statement commending the victim and the jury.

“The Commonwealth is grateful for the jury’s close attention to the evidence introduced during the trial and thorough deliberations in this case,” Suhl stated. “The Commonwealth commends the victim for her resolve in seeing this case through to trial and courage in testifying in a public courtroom about a horrific event for which the defendant now stands convicted.”

Salsbury was indicted in 2018 on charges related to the alleged rapes of five women. Charges related to three of the alleged victims have been dropped, but he is expected to stand trial in another case.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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