Judge raises bond for Youngstown businessman facing child sex charges

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A local man facing child sex charges who was arrested in New York told a judge that he was never told that he couldn’t leave the state. 

Alex Bugno appeared in a Mahoning County court on Friday morning after being brought back to the area.

The prosecution wanted his bond revoked since he left the area, but no one told Bugno that he couldn’t leave Ohio. Court paperwork said only that he couldn’t have contact with the alleged victims. 

“His bail bondsman explicitly told him that he was allowed to leave the state of Ohio and go to Buffalo, which we obviously talked to the bondsman and told him that that’s not something he should be telling his clients,” said Attorney Steve Yacovone. 

Ultimately, Judge John Durkin decided to raise Bugno’s bond from $75,000 to $100,000. 

If he posts bond, he will be on house arrest with work privileges.

In addition to raising his bond, Judge Durkin also ruled that Bugno had to forfeit his passport. 

When Bugno was arrested in New York, he was renewing his passport. He told the court that his uncle’s passport expired, and although he still had a year on his passport, he decided to go with his uncle to get his updated.

Bugno, who owned a towing business in Youngstown, was charged after a raid of that business in 2014. He faces 34 criminal charges, including pandering obscenity and compelling prostitution.

Authorities filed court papers indicating that a pair of teenage boys had complained to police that Bugno paid them to engage in sex acts — some of them recorded and then posted to pornographic websites.

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