YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Mahoning County judge sentenced a Youngstown businessman to 17 years in prison for sex crimes involving teenage victims, calling his crimes “disturbing.”
Alex Bugno will also have to register as a sex offender.
“He preyed on young boys in the community, boys he knew he could prey on, boys who he had friendships with, who he had close relationships with,” said Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Steve Yacovone.
Last month, Bugno was convicted of more than a dozen child sex charges. Prosecutors say he paid two teenage boys so he could perform sex acts on them and then showed pornographic videos to a third boy.
“Whether they liked doing it, you can’t pay minors for sex and that’s what this defendant did,” Yavocone said.
One of those victims told Judge John Durkin Wednesday morning that he didn’t want to see Bugno hurt anyone else.
“There’s too many sick, twisted people in this world, and I’m glad I got to put one away. I can’t see any more of this anymore, because it’s just eating me up inside,” the victim said in court.
Bugno was indicted after police and state agents raided his two towing company lots in Youngstown as well as his home.
The victims testified that the assaults happened at the tow lots. In court Wednesday morning, Bugno’s lawyers said they will keep fighting to clear their client.
“Given the fact that we have some appellate issues here, we’ve instructed Mr. Bugno not to present a statement today,” said Attorney Lynn Maro.
Judge John Durkin said the evidence showed that Bugno was guilty.
“There were young boys, young men — 15, 16, 17 years old — who were paid an exorbitant amount of money to satisfy your sexual preference, is to say the least, disturbing,” he said.