Trial under way for homeless man charged in abduction, rape of teen girl


YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County jury is hearing the case against a homeless Campbell man accused of dragging a teenage girl into an abandoned house and sexually assaulting her in 2009.

Charles Hudson, 55, who gives no permanent address but was arrested at an abandoned house in Campbell, is charged with rape and kidnapping.

The case is being tried in the courtroom of Judge Lou D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Police said the 15-year-old, a 10th-grader at Campbell Memorial High School at the time, was abducted at knife point on Tremble Avenue near 13th Street around 7 a.m. Oct. 12 a few streets away from her home. She was taken to an abandoned house on Gordon Avenue, where the rape occurred.

In her opening statement, Natasha Frenchko, an assistant county prosecutor, told jurors that prosecutors have no doubt that Hudson is the man responsible for abducting and raping the teen.

For the complete story, read Wednesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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