RAPE Suspect faces hearing
The indictment says the sexual assaults began in 2000.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A trial is tentatively set for October for a city man charged with 10 counts of rape that could put him in prison for 100 years if he's convicted.
A pretrial hearing was Wednesday before Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court involving William G. Haschenburger, 46, of Fincastle Lane.
A Mahoning County grand jury indicted him on 10 counts of rape in April.
The indictment says that from July 26, 2000, to July 26, 2003, he forced or threatened a girl to submit to his advances a total of 10 times in various areas throughout the county. The first sexual assault was when the girl was 14, and the indictment said the sexual acts continued until she was almost 17.
The judge met with Haschenburger's lawyer, Sarah T. Kovoor, and Dawn Krueger, an assistant county prosecutor, to discuss future schedules for legal proceedings and to hear some defense motions filed by Kovoor.
Kovoor asked for full disclosure of any files from Mahoning County Children Services that may be involved in the case. Judge Krichbaum ordered the records sent to him and he would review them with the lawyers.
He also suggested the lawyers see if any plea-bargain agreement could be worked out.
Kovoor said she would file other motions, and Krueger said she would need time to respond to them.
Judge Krichbaum suggested a trial for October and told the lawyers to check with the assignment office to see when a specific trial date could be set.
Kovoor was only retained last week by a Haschenburger relative. Hascenburger fired two other lawyers who had been working on the case.
Rape is a first-degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. If Haschenburger is convicted on all 10 charges, and the judge rules the penalties are to be served consecutively, he could face 100 years behind bars.