Rape suspect Seman appears in court

Seman arraigned in court on charges of bribery, Youngstown, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Green Township man appeared in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Tuesday after charges that he tried to bribe a witness in connection with a rape case in which he was a suspect.

Authorities arraigned Robert Seman, Jr., 46, on two counts of bribery after a Mahoning County grand jury indicted him on April 9. Seman is still being held without bond at the Mahoning County Jail and his trial is set for June 1.

According to prosecutors, Seman tried to convince a witness in the case to say that Corinne Gump was lying when she said that Seman raped her. According to court documents, that woman was Seman’s ex-wife and they said he offered her $10,000 to lie on the witness stand.

Gump died in a house fire on the south side of Youngstown early on the morning of March 30, the day that Seman’s rape trial was scheduled to begin.

That day, a judge revoked Seman’s bond and delayed his rape trial.

A source also said that jail workers found burns on Seman’s body when he took a shower several days after having his trial delayed.

A grand jury indicted Seman and charged him with rape on March 20, 2014.

Goshen Township Police arrested Seman March 15 of 2014, charging him with rape after Gump’s mother contacted Goshen Police on March 10 to report that Gump told her Seman had been engaging in sexual conduct with her for several years.

Mahoning County prosecutors have repeatedly said they intend to go forward with Seman’s rape trial, even though his alleged victim was killed. They plan to ask the judge to allow statements from a social worker and a nurse concerning what Corinne Gump told them about her alleged assault.

No court date has yet been set for the rape trial.

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