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Bond set at $250K for Canfield man charged with rape

YOUNGSTOWN — Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court set bond at $250,000 for Joshua W. Moxley, 21, of Darbyshire Drive in Canfield, on 11 sex charges involving the same victim.

Moxley was indicted last month on four counts of rape, five counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Two of the rape charges carry a possible life prison sentence if convicted because the alleged victim was less than 13 years old.

Not only was the alleged victim young, Moxley was between the ages of 15 and 17 when those alleged rapes took place, according to Moxley’s indictment.

Moxley is indicted on two other rapes alleged to have taken place when Moxley was between 17 and 20 years old.

Krichbaum held a hearing Tuesday in which the defense and prosecution recommended that Moxley be held on a $75,000 bond based his record of appearing for court hearings. But Krichbaum said $75,000 was “meager” for “someone who faces the potential to serve the rest of his life in prison.”

When Moxley was arraigned Feb. 17, Krichbaum’s magistrate, Tim Welsh, ordered Moxley held without any eligibility to make bond.

Krichbaum sentenced Moxley in late 2019 to three years of probation after Moxley pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Moxley was required to register as a sex offender once per year for 15 years as a result of that conviction.

The new charges were not a violation of Moxley’s probation on the earlier conviction because the offenses are alleged to have occurred prior to Moxley’s probation, court officials said.

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