Editor’s note: Judge and jury saw through the “Biblical” smokescreen. It is reassuring to see compassion and the rule of law prevail in the Ciboro case.
Self-styled Christian disciplinarians Timothy and Esten Ciboro served as their own lawyers, and both men were found guilty on all charges of raping and torturing two young family members. Tried and convicted in Lucas County, Ohio, the Depraved Duo received maximum sentences:
Timothy Ciboro, 53, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on two counts of rape that involved a child younger than the age of 10, as well as 71 additional years in prison for two counts of kidnapping, three counts of endangering children, and three other counts of rape.
Esten Ciboro, 28, was sentenced to 68 years to life in prison after he was convicted of two counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape, and two counts of endangering children.
The father and son sexually abused Timothy’s stepdaughter and daughter (who are also Esten’s stepsister and half-sister). Escalating maltreatment started in 2012, when Timothy punished the oldest victim for wetting herself. Three years later, at age 13, the girl escaped from shackles in the Ciboros’ basement, and reluctantly told her story to an alarmed stranger. Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Reed summarized one aspect of the older girl’s suffering in closing arguments:
“When [the oldest victim] was in the basement, she got dried oats, dried ramen, cold vegetables out of a can—not even a bowl. […]
“He put this child repeatedly—both of them repeatedly put this child in the basement, locking her up with chains. Or in the bathtub, repeatedly locking her up with chains, where another child could hear them clanking on the bathtub, or her sister crying because they were too tight.”
After the sentencing on January 28, Timothy expressed an intention to appeal. The father and son were given thirty days to weigh their options.
Next: The oldest victim testifies
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