Man accused of chaining, raping teen relative swaps lawyers

Timothy Ciboro. (Photo: NBC News)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohioan charged with imprisoning and raping a teenage relative has rejected his third lawyer and been appointed a fourth, while telling a judge that he still wants to represent himself in court.

The Blade newspaper reports a Lucas County judge made the swap Thursday for 53-year-old Timothy Ciboro, of Toledo.

He said he wanted to withdraw pending motions in his case and proceed with a trial set for Oct. 31. The judge denied the request, noting she previously decided not to let Ciboro represent himself because of his conduct in court, including interruptions and outbursts.

Ciboro has denied the allegations against him.

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

Both pleaded not guilty. 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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