A father and son from Toledo stand accused of rape, child kidnapping, and endangerment. According to court documents, the accused party allegedly locked a 13-year-old girl in the basement and repeatedly raped her. The child declared that the two kept her locked in the basement for at least three years.
A court of law from Lucas County has charged Timothy Ciboro and Esten Ciboro, a religious family from Toledo with child rape, kidnapping, and child endangerment after discovering that Ciboro Sr. has locked his stepdaughter in his home’s basement and raped her several times. Esten, Timothy’s son, also stands accused of participating in the girl’s kidnapping and rape.
According to the court’s documents, the father and son from Toledo have dismissed the idea of having a defendant, openly declaring that they will use the Bible in order to formulate defense strategies.
Before appearing in front of the court, Timothy Ciboro, demanded that he be allowed to bring a copy of the Bible during the process. Although skeptical at first, Linda Jennings, the Lucas County Common Pleas Judge, allowed the religious family to bring a copy of the Bible during the proceedings but cautioned Ciboro that he might not use it to question the witnesses.
In addition to his unusual request to use the Bible in Court, Ciboro, the head of the religious family, vehemently declared that the Bible is the only book imbued with true meaning and that no law book can judge them.
The man and his son refused to hire a legal representative. Judge Jennings allowed the suspects to defend themselves and to use the Bible in order to formulate ‘winning strategies.’ The two men stand accused of rape, child kidnapping, and endangerment.
According to the court’s documents, Timothy locked his stepdaughter in the basement, and together with his biological son, raped her over a period of three years. The 13-year-old girl declared that the basement was damp and cold and that his father and older stepbrother kept her in shackles to prevent her from escaping. She was fed only spoiled scraps, and, according to the girl’s statement, she was forced to urinate in a bucket with ammonia.
The 13-year-old girl managed to break free from her shackles and to escape from the basement while the two were away from home. She was found later that day by a passing driver who immediately notified the authorities.
At the time she was picked up by the authorities, the girl was severely malnourished, and carried a backpack and two small bags.
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