Jury returns verdict in Youngstown sex abuse case

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A jury in Mahoning County found a man guilty of all 73 counts of sexual abuse charges against three family members.

Dustin Ruiter, 46, showed no emotion as Judge Anthony D’Apolito read guilty verdicts on each of the rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition charges in his case.

The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon, taking just hours to return with their verdict.

Prosecutors said Ruiter raped three girls at a house in Youngstown over a seven-month time period.

“I think for these victims, this has been a very long time coming. There was testimony that the victims previously had tried to disclose that the defendant was physically abusing them before the sexual abuse started. Nobody helped them, and so now the sexual abuse has been validated,” said Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer McLaughlin.

Bradley Olson, Ruiter’s attorney, said he is dissatisfied with the outcome. He said his client maintains his innocence, but they have to respect the jury’s decision.

The defense had maintained that the children lied about being physically abused and blamed that on their past of living on the streets.

Judge D’Apolito ordered Ruiter to undergo a presentence investigation before he receives his sentence.

No sentencing date has been officially scheduled yet, but Ruiter could face hundreds of years behind bars.

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