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Lorain man accused of second rape

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    Joe Steible III



ELYRIA — A Lorain man was indicted on rape and kidnapping charges for the second time in three months for allegedly sexually assaulting another member of the same family.

Joe Steible III, 23, was indicted on six counts of first-degree felony rape and three counts of first-degree felony kidnapping by a Lorain County grand jury, according to a secret indictment unsealed Wednesday.

On Feb. 15, Steible was indicted on multiple counts of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition via secret indictment, according to court records.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said the two cases involve different victims, but the victims are “from the same family.”

“He was a family friend or acquaintance,” Will said. “These were family members of the homeowner. There was a young male, and (Steible) basically sexually molested him.”

While Steible was incarcerated on the first case, the other alleged victim, a girl younger than 13, went to the homeowner and said she also had been abused, Will said.

In the February case, Steible was originally held on $100,000 bond in Lorain County Jail. On March 1, his bond was reduced to $25,000 by the court, and he was released after posting bond later that day.

In the most recent indictment, he was being held once again on $100,000 bond, according to jail records.

All of the counts in the most recent indictment contain specifications that Steible is a sexually violent predator. Will said that specification is usually only added to cases in which the defendant already has a prior conviction of a sexually motivated crime.

The kidnapping counts in the most recent indictment also contain specifications that the kidnapping was committed with a sexual motivation.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.
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