2 face rape charges after allegedly taking turns assaulting woman

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PITTSFIELD — Two Berkshire men are each facing three counts of aggravated rape for allegedly assaulting a woman Tuesday.

A recording made during the alleged assault is in the hands of Pittsfield Police, according to prosecutors.

Jacob M. Hebert of Pittsfield, and John Jones of Lanesborough, both 21, were arraigned separately Wednesday and had not guilty pleas entered on their charges.

Hebert was ordered held on $25,000 bail with the added conditions that he stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim and stay away from both her residence and place of employment.

Jones was arraigned at the Berkshire Medical Center, where he's recovering from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident after the alleged assaults.

Jones was ordered held pending a bail hearing scheduled for Jan. 20.

At Hebert's arraignment, Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Kyle Christiansen provided basic information about the accusations as a basis for requesting bail.

Police reports in the case have been impounded.

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Christiansen said the alleged victim invited Hebert over sometime Tuesday.

When Hebert arrived, Jones was unexpectedly with him.

Hebert allegedly pressured the woman into having sex with him while Jones observed.

Later, Hebert suggested Jones have sex with the woman, to which she objected.

Despite that, the men then allegedly each assaulted the woman.

Police were later dispatched to Berkshire Medical Center to respond to a report of the assault and to take a statement from the alleged victim.

It is unclear whether the alleged victim transported herself to the hospital or was taken there. It is also unclear whether the recording made is audio or video.

Hebert is due back in court on Feb. 10 for a pretrial hearing.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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