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Former Canfield DQ owner violates probation, is sent to prison



Published: Wed, October 10, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Former Canfield Dairy Queen owner Trent Rapp had an opportunity to remain free on probation after multiple felony convictions but now is headed to prison for five years.

Rapp, 44, of Beaver Township, went before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday for sentencing after it had been determined he violated his probation.

Rapp was sentenced May 30 to five years’ probation after pleading no contest in February to charges of marijuana trafficking, cocaine possession, corrupting another with drugs, possessing criminal tools, illegal use of a minor in nudity- oriented material and two counts of pandering sexually oriented material.

He also was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the case and to register as a Tier 1 sex offender.

Rapp violated the terms of his probation by meeting with the teen victim, reportedly to supply the boy with money to purchase drugs. Nicholas Brevetta, an assistant county prosecutor, said Rapp’s actions show his total disregard for the orders of the court.

“He was ordered not to have contact with the victim and he in fact drove to a location to meet with the victim,” said Brevetta. “The defendant has shown his willingness not to obey court orders ... the meeting shows his willingness to circumvent the law.”

Brevetta asked the court to impose some amount of prison time on Rapp, but he was not specific as to any amount of time.

Atty. Samuel Amendolara, representing Rapp, asked the court to consider more-stringent terms of probation over prison time, saying his client has been compliant with all court orders aside from the meeting with the victim.

Rapp was given an opportunity to speak on his own behalf but chose not to offer a statement.

The victim was not present in court, but members of his family attended the hearing. They did not address the court before sentencing.

Judge Sweeney revoked Rapp’s probation and handed down various prison terms on the charges against him totaling five years.


Comments

1WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Another pedophile that prefers homosexuality? GEEBIUS!!! What is going on with all these dudes that prefer dudes getting their deviant jollies with kids??? Sandusky, Trent Rapp, Dayton Adoptive Father. WTF??? Maybe it is time to take a closer look at the deviant behaviors perpetrated by people that prefer homosexuality. Maybe we should not be tolerating predilections for homosexuality at all. Maybe we should be protecting our children from these folks.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story...

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2grazor50(56 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I fully understand what you are referring to about the traits of homosexuality and agree. Time to remove a president that supports such behavior and passes laws that allow this in our military without concerns of the majority of those that do not want to associate with such traits.
Time to straighten out this country, GO ROMNEY!

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3kensgirl(605 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Many people have gone to prison for a lot less. This POS needed put away in the first place. Probation my eye. Who protects the kids Maureen?

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4fcb(323 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Another decision by "Turn them all loose Judge Sweeney" goes by the wayside. This piece of garbage should have been sent to prison in the first place. I am sick and tired of the BAD DECISIONS!! this so called judge is making! I can see it once in a while but with this judge it's every case she handles.Voters of Mahoning county better wake up the next time she runs for office.

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5semick(15 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

You all are a bunch of whiners. 5 years of prison seems like a fair punishment for his violation. Nobody including me likes anyone who harms children. That is his only offense that is of any consequence. You cannot make someone homosexual, they are born that way. duh.

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6kensgirl(605 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey Semick- are you a liberal or just plain idiot?? You call us WHINERS??? Anytime a child is victimized it should be a FELONY!!! You go on to say "that is his only offense". That's one hell of a big offense pal! There's a lot of gay men out there who would never harm a child. This one did and needs put away for good. Sex offenders cannot be rehabilitated. They just go on to victimize time and time again. Don't you know ANYTHING??? DUH!!!!!!!!

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7WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

@semick

"...born that way..."

My eye. Where is the proof? People have been larking on about this point for a decade, right after the looney libs started changing the language from "sexual preference" to "orientation" and finally to "born that way," since it is more difficult to undermine the argument if victim status is conferred through a "not my fault I was born this way" victim-hood. One problem though- there isn't a single shred of scientific proof. Not one. Think I am wrong? Are you going to point out some social scientists to "suggest" otherwise? Provide the scientific evidence that proves people are born with a preference for homosexuality. Certainly there is a blood test or genetic typing that is identifiable. Where is it? Where is the proof? There ISN'T ANY. People CHOOSE to engage in sexual behavior and people CHOOSE which type of sexual behaviors suit them. Homosexuality is a BEHAVIOR, nothing more. And human beings CHOOSE to engage in behaviors. Everything else is a LIE.

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8southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

and to think this dirt bag served ice cream cones to children...have a great stay in prison.

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