Ohioan accused of raping teen relative changes lawyers again

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who denied allegations of imprisoning and raping a teenage relative has changed attorneys again, and his newly appointed lawyer is one he previously fired.

Fifty-three-year-old Timothy Ciboro’s (SIH’-bohr-ohz) fourth attorney withdrew because he’s taking a job with the prosecutor, so a county judge in Toledo reappointed attorney John Thebes to the case Tuesday. Thebes tells WTOL-TV he thinks the judge wanted to appoint someone familiar with the case.

Ciboro has pleaded not guilty. He had sought to represent himself, but the judge ended Ciboro’s self-representation last month, citing his courtroom conduct that included frequent interruptions and outbursts.

His 28-year-old son, Esten Ciboro, is charged with rape and also pleaded not guilty. The son is representing himself and hasn’t responded to requests for comment.