Trial date set for Youngstown man charged with rape, kidnapping

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.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and

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