Seven pornographic videos, all of which contain violent rape scenes, will be allowed as evidence in a suspected rapist’s two upcoming trials, a Jackson County, Kansas, judge ruled on Monday. The suspect is accused of reenacting violent rapes scenes he watched.
New York Post reports that Jacob Ewing is scheduled to stand trial for allegedly raping two women, one in 2014 and another in 2016. Jackson County District Judge Norbert Marek ruled that since Ewing is accused of replicating acts he learned through watching violent rape scenes, the pornographic videos will be allowed in as evidence.
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“Apparently, portions of the videos depict acts that [Ewing] is said to have replicated himself upon the witnesses.The relevance of this evidence could prove motive, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge or identity.”
According to court documents, Ewing watched around four hours of violent porn footage each day. Some of the footage included women being strapped down, strangled, and forced to eat vomit, among other violent acts. Prosecutors traced Ewing’s online activities, which showed he reportedly watched the videos within 45 days each of both alleged rapes.
Ewing’s lawyer, Kathellen Ambrosio, argued that allowing the video footage at trial would be “highly, highly prejudicial.” Ewing had a different trial last month and none of the videos were allowed in as evidence. He was charged withs sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, but the case was eventually thrown out.
For his upcoming trials, Ewing faces charges of rape, attempted rape, aggravated sexual battery, and aggravated criminal sodomy. His trials are scheduled for August and October.
[Feature Photo: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office]