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Father and son accused of rape now using the Bible as defense

January 24, 2017

Timothy Ciboro of Toledo, Ohio, and his son, Esten Ciboro, are accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl over a three-year period. They allegedly kept the girl, who is Timothy Ciboro’s stepdaughter, shackled in their basement for more than a year and fed her rotten scraps of food. Last year, the then-13-year-old managed to escape her restraints while the men were out of the house. With their trial beginning this week, the Ciboros have made it clear that they don’t want a lawyer. Instead, they have full faith in themselves and one book: The Bible. While it is unclear how they plan to cite the book to defend themselves against criminal charges, the younger Ciboro said the Bible has “a great deal of strategy” and that it is “the only law book that truly matters.”

“It’s a vital part of everything I do,” Esten Ciboro told the judge. And when insisting that he would like to represent himself, he said, “Professionals built the Titanic. Amateurs built the ark.”

His father, who is also accused of sexually assaulting the girl’s younger sibling, has displayed unusual behavior in court, and said they plan to “use God’s holy word to ask questions.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.