Robert Boyd of West Boulevard was convicted of two counts of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and nine counts of illegal use of minors in nudity-oriented material or performance.
The jury returned a not guilty verdict for one misdemeanor count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Common Pleas Court Judge Maureen Sweeney read the verdicts shortly after noon, ending a weeklong trial.
The jury deliberated about four hours after getting the case late Friday afternoon. Boyd shook his head as the verdicts were read.
Sweeney did not set a sentencing date. Another victim was a year-old boy Boyd met on the internet site Craigslist in They started texting on their phones, and Boyd sent explicit photos to the boy, leading to another rape charge.
Attorney Mark Lavelle, who represents Boyd, did not return a call made to his office for comment. This was the second jury trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court since the coronavirus pandemic hit in the spring. Clear, plastic barriers were placed between or around the jurors in an effort to reduce spread of the virus.
The jurors, who deliberated in the courtroom, were thanked by both the judge and prosecutors after the verdicts were read. Austintown fire When it comes to reducing the adverse effects of substance use disorders, an alert system developed in an Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper?
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