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Separate trials ordered in rape cases

Published: Thu, April 1, 2010 @ 9:51 a.m.

The 7th District Court of Appeals has ordered two new and separate trials for a man who was sentenced to five consecutive life prison terms plus 20 years after being convicted by a jury of raping two young boys.

In a 2-1 decision released Wednesday, appeals court Judges Mary DeGenaro and Gene Donofrio sent the case of Michael Kaufman, 42, of Berkshire Drive, back to the trial judge, R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, for the alleged offenses against each boy to be tried separately.

The crimes allegedly occurred in Mahoning County between 1995 and 2003, and the alleged victims were both male relatives of Kaufman, who were between the ages of 8 and 11 when the alleged offenses occurred.

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1studentmom(6 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

This is not right. Mr. Kaufman knows what he did to those boys and those 2 werent the only ones! (FACT) These are the only 2 that were fortunate enough to go to trial. It is a shame that these kids can not go on with their lives and start to put this behind them. What he did to these boys has destroyed their innocence. The nightmare will have to be relived. I pray to God a plea is not made. Michael Kaufman is scum of the earth and should never be let out to do this again!!!

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