MARTINEZ -- A jury trial began Monday for a Richmond man who claims he had consensual sex with a 13-year-old neighbor boy he's accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting.
A prosecutor said Jeremiah Lee Jones, 25, grabbed the eighth-grader as he was practicing skateboard tricks outside his home on Feb. 4, 2011, and dragged him 180 feet to a dark alley beside an apartment building.
"Once there, he committed the most unthinkable acts upon that little boy's body," said Contra Costa deputy district attorney Mary Blumberg. "(The victim), frozen in fear, laid there crying as he watched the cars go by.
"He didn't choose to fight back; he chose to survive," she said.
Jones, 25, is charged with nine felonies, including kidnapping, sodomy and forced oral copulation. Deputy public defender Ellen McDonnell said the child went willingly to the alley after Jones offered him sex in exchange for cash. The sex was only illegal because of the boy's age, she said.
"He regrets he was involved with someone (the boy's) age. He regrets breaking his marital vows," McDonnell said, pointing out Jones' wife in the audience to the jurors. "He regrets this happening at all."
Blumberg said Jones forcibly pulled the boy into the alley after first trying to convince the child to follow him by claiming there had been a shooting in the neighborhood.
The attack was under way when the father noticed his son missing. While scouring the neighborhood,
"He saw every father's worst nightmare," Blumberg said. "He wrestled him to the ground and restrained him until (his son) could call 911."
McDonnell said the father choked Jones into unconsciousness after wrongly assuming that his son was being attacked. She said the boy never admitted that the sex was consensual because he is ashamed.
"The prosecution's case is based solely on the word of a teenager trying to protect himself," McDonnell said.
The child was not Jones' first, or even second, victim, Blumberg told jurors.
He was accused of sexually battering two female classmates at Park Middle School in Antioch in 2000, Blumberg said. She did not say whether Jones was prosecuted in the juvenile court for the alleged incidents.
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