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Jury finds Youngstown man guilty on all counts in rape trial

YOUNGSTOWN — A jury has found Dustin Ruiter guilty of all 73 counts in his indictment for raping two girls and sexually assaulting a third girl. He will be sentenced in about two months.

The jury of nine men and three women deliberated about 4 1/2 hours starting Thursday afternoon and ending at about 11:45 a.m. today before reaching a decision, which included guilt on 33 rape counts. Each count could bring a penalty of about 10 years in prison.

Ruiter, 46, whose last known address was on Youngstown’s West Side, was accused of raping one girl from December 2018 to June of 2019 when she was about 15. Ruiter also has an address on Candace Avenue Southeast in Warren. He has been in the Mahoning County jail nearly two years.

Ruiter has been on trial all week in the courtroom of Judge Anthony D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The oldest of the three alleged victims testified Tuesday that she disclosed the rapes to a woman who owned an Austintown thrift store where the girl volunteered.

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