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Trial date set for Youngstown man charged with rape, kidnapping

Published: Tue, July 12, 2011 @ 4:49 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A trial date is set for a Youngstown man accused of brutally attacking and raping an acquaintance after an argument in June.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Sanjuan Smith, 42, of Almyra Avenue, on two counts of rape, two counts of kidnapping and felonious assault. He was arraigned on those charges today before Magistrate Daniel P. Dascenzo of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Smith, who is in the county jail, pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying little else during the brief court appearance.

Smith did make hand gestures and mouthed words to a woman sitting in the audience of the courtroom.

He has been in jail on a $750,000 bond since his arrest in early June. Dascenzo ordered that bond be continued and that Smith have no contact with the woman he is accused of attacking if he makes bond and is released.

Smith is scheduled to appear next Tuesday before Judge James C. Evans for an initial pretrial hearing. His trial date has been set for Aug. 22.

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1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

if found guilty, immediate public castoration with no cautorization.

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2Bplus(103 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Lol, what the heck is castOration and cautOrization? Spell check...

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3USNBOY(76 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Another great reason to rid Youngstown of low life scum. If found guilty he should be hung in public by the victim.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

If this goes before a jury of his peers he will be found not guilty . Justice in tha hood is to get off scott free . . ..

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5zthafuture(6 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

...wonder if you said the same thing about Casey Anthony? jury of peers... got off scott free... probably not, cause it wasn't in 'tha hood', right?

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

You sound bitter . . .. Did you get the wrong jury ?

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7whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

@ Bplus

Just what we need another grammar NAZI spell check that knucklehead....

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8Bplus(103 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

@Whitesabbath (love the irony)...I did spell check it, and although all the words are spelled correctly, your punctuation could use a little work. For instance, try using a comma after the word need. Also, you should have ended your sentence after the word Nazi (cleverly in all caps just in case I overlooked your "insult") and began a new sentence with the word spell. Here is how your sentence should read: "Just what we need, another grammar Nazi. Spell check that, knucklehead." Thanks for asking me to spell check your work! I will gladly provide any assistance to those who dropped out after middle school.

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