Youngstown truck driver sentenced in rape of 11-year-old girl

According to court documents, Underwood took a girl on several trips from Youngstown to Michigan, forcing her to have sex with him along the way

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WYTV) – A Youngstown man was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of crossing state lines to rape an 11-year old, law enforcement officials said.

Iraephraim Underwood, 59, was convicted following a jury trial. Underwood was charged with one count of crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with a person under the age of 12 and of crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with a person under the age of 18.

According to court documents, Underwood took a girl on several trips from Youngstown to Michigan, forcing her to have sex with him along the way.

The girl told police Underwood made her take a ‘morning after’ contraceptive pill after he raped her in Michigan. Agents said were able to track him making that purchase at a Michigan drug store, saying he used his rewards card at the store to buy the contraceptives.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Youngstown Police Department and the Boardman Police Department.

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