Hearing involving former pastor Dale Giffin indefinitely postponed

YOUNGSTOWN — A hearing on admissibility of evidence in the case of Dale Giffin, the former pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, who is charged with raping a female former parishioner, was indefinitely postponed without explanation moments before it was to have occurred this afternoon.

“By agreement of parties, this matter is hereby continued,” Judge James C. Evans, of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, wrote in a judgment entry. Natasha K. Frenchko, the assistant county prosecutor assigned to the case, declined to comment on the matter because it is still pending.

Giffin’s lawyer, J. Gerald Ingram, did not respond to a request for comment. Giffin, 60, of Topaz Circle, Canfield, was indicted in February on six counts of rape covering the years 1993 through 1996, while the accuser was a young adult.

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