NY Daily News reports that an abusive man who forced his ex-girlfriend to march around naked in front of his building in Harlem two years ago was thrown in jail Friday, minutes after a jury convicted him of coercion and related counts.
After the verdict, Justice Robert Mandelbaum revoked Jasson Melo‘s bail, which will keep him behind bars at least until he’s sentenced Jan. 3.
Melo, 26, who was stone-faced as the verdict was read in Manhattan Supreme Court, faces up to seven years behind bars on the top count.
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The aggression-prone control freak tried to win over the panel with a farfetched claim that the victim, whose name the Daily News is withholding, agreed to the nude strut in the freezing cold in an attempt to seek his forgiveness after he found texts from other men in her phone.
But the woman is seen in the chilling footage scrambling for cover behind vehicles. She testified that she had begged him to spare her the pain and humiliation.
It took the jury less than five hours to convict Melo of forcing his partner of three years, now 24, to undress and walk around in the cold as payback for flirting and sexting with other men.
She moved to another state and dyed her hair blonde after the embarrassing episode because she was recognized on the street and was terrified of him — for herself and their child.