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Posted at 9:35 AM ET, 11/25/2010

Year for salesman in alleged Md. rape

By The Capital of Annapolis

A magazine salesman will spend more than a year in jail for allegedly raping an autistic woman he met while going door to door in Arnold.

Twenty-one-year-old Jarvis Spain of Chicago was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in jail. Under a plea agreement that allowed him to maintain his innocence, Spain pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense.

Prosecutors believe Arnold may have also attacked another intellectually disabled woman before he was arrested, but prosecutors decided not to go forward with charges because of problems with the case.

Spain's attorney had maintained that both of the incidents, which happened in April, were consensual. A prosecutor said both incidents were reported to police as sexual assaults.

By The Capital of Annapolis  | November 25, 2010; 9:35 AM ET
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How does one maintain one's innocence by pleading guilty?

Posted by: PostReader57 | November 25, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

So this guy is a such a stud that by going door to door selling magazines he meets two women who want to have sex with him? Yea right. Typical laziness on the part of a prosecutor.

Posted by: gpl2411 | November 25, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@PostReader57 -- it's called an Alford Plea. A defendant admits the evidence is overwhelming and will likely lead to a conviction but maintains they are innocent ... see North Carolina v. Alford

Posted by: theRix | November 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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