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Feb 01, 2017 by Will Maule

"You Distorted The Word Of God": Judge Slams Men Who Used Bible As Defense in Rape Trial

An Ohio Judge has not held back in furiously rebuking two men who sought to use the Bible to defend their committing of rape, reports Washington Post. Father and son Timothy and Esten Ciboro sexually assaulted children and kept a girl shackled in a basement. 

“The torture, terror and sexual abuse that you inflicted on these children is disgusting,” Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings told the Ciboros in court. “What is additionally disgusting is the fact that you distorted the word of God for your own evil purpose.”

Prior to their trial, the Ciboros made the unusual request of having access to the Bible, which they planned to cite as they defended themselves in front of a jury. Esten Ciboro called the Bible “the only law book that matters." The men were arrested in May after the then-13-year-old girl, Timothy Ciboro’s stepdaughter, managed to escape from the basement while her abusers were out.

Prosecutors said the Ciboros raped the girl from 2012 to 2015. Timothy Ciboro also raped the teen’s younger sister — his own daughter — during the same period. Prosecutors also claimed that the men used the Bible to discipline their kids. 

"These two men used this book. And they've used this book to justify their actions," one of the prosecutors said, holding up the Bible in the courtroom. "The problem is, people will take scripture and contort it to fit their particularized needs."

Both the Ciboros were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Timothy Ciboro, who faced additional rape charges, also was sentenced to an additional 71 years. Esten Ciboro received an additional 68 years.



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