Man accused of raping teenage relative can’t be own attorney

Esten Ciboro and Timothy Ciboro (Photo: WNWO)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has ruled that a Toledo man charged with imprisoning and raping a teenage relative can no longer act as his own attorney in the case.

The Blade newspaper reports that a Lucas County Common Pleas judge says she ended Timothy Ciboro’s self-representation because of his conduct in court. Court proceedings involving the 53-year-old have been marked by his frequent interruptions and outbursts.

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A message seeking comment Monday from Ciboro’s court-appointed attorney, Merle Dech, wasn’t immediately returned.

Ciboro and his 27-year-old son have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and child endangering charges. Timothy Ciboro has told media outlets the allegations aren’t true.

Ciboro’s son, Esten Ciboro, also is charged with rape and is representing himself. He hasn’t responded to requests for comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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