Trial Rescheduled: Minor Witness Dies in Fire

This is such an incredibly sad story.  An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in  Youngstown, Ohio.  It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf.  Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion.  One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions.  The little girl was to appear as a witness in the trial against the man charged with raping her.

Robert Seman, Jr. age 46, had been charged with four felony counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition, according to  local news.  The victim’s mother contacted police in March, 2014 to report that her daughter told her Seman had been engaging in sexual conduct with her for several years.  The rape charges could put Seman away for life if found guilty.  He was to go on trial this morning, but due to the fire,  the trial has now been delayed.  Also of note, is that Seman was arrested and his bond was revoked this morning  just hours after the fire because he allegedly tried to bribe a potential witness in the case.

More here: http://www.wfmj.com/story/28645156/green-township-man-suspected-of-raping-fire-victim-jailed

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