Springfield man charged with rape released on bail

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Published: 2/22/2018 11:27:53 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man charged with raping a girl in Pelham in January was released on $5,000 bail Wednesday following a bail review in Hampshire Superior Court.

Remington R. Keyes, 22, pleaded not guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court Feb. 13 to charges of rape and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over. At his arraignment, his bail was set at $10,000. He was represented by attorney Corey Mescon.

Pelham Police received a call Jan. 27 around 8 p.m. that a possible sexual assault victim was running away from a residence on South Valley Road in Pelham, according to court documents. An officer sent to the area found an “extremely distraught and emotional” girl at the corner of Jones and South Valley roads, according to court documents. The alleged victim’s age is not listed in court documents. She is identified only as a “juvenile female.”

The girl told police that she met a man online and then met him at the Pelham home where he allegedly removed her clothing and raped her, according to court documents.

She told police the two had communicated online through Facebook and shared a mutual friend, which the girl told police made her think she might have gone to school with him. Online, the man used the name of “Jay Johnson (Mike Smith,)” according to court documents.

Police could not find any matches to the photo of the man on his Facebook page through the Registry of Motor Vehicles but were able to determine that it was Keyes, according to court documents.

Police reviewed all recent calls to the South Valley Road location and found one that involved Keyes, according to court documents. Using that information, police searched RMV records and compared the picture on the Facebook profile to official records.

The girl also told police that the man asked her if she would meet him on Jan. 27 and she agreed to do so but lied to her parents and told them she was visiting a friend she knew, according to court documents. After being dropped off at the South Valley Road home, the girl said, she went into the house with the man and was immediately assaulted after entering a bedroom with him, according to court documents.

After the incident, the girl told police, she was trying to get out of the house so she asked to go get food. While the two were out, she attempted to send a message to her parents to come get her, according to court documents. The two then returned to the house, where the man allegedly assaulted her again, according to court documents. The girl was then able to grab some of her clothes, ran into the bathroom and then ran out of the house and called police. A warrant for Keyes was issued on Jan. 29 and was executed by Massachusetts State Police in Pelham on Feb. 12, according to court documents. Following his arraignment, his defense counsel filed a petition for review of bail.

The review was heard in Hampshire Superior Court by Judge Richard Carey on Wednesday.

At the review, Keyes’ bail was set at $5,000 with conditions that he submit to GPS monitoring and stay away and have no contact with the alleged victim or her family.

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