Most charges against Liberty rape defendant dropped Wednesday during sentencing agreement

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According to court records, the victim in the case had a relationship with the defendant

Justin Cruz, Charged with rape, Burglary, Domestic Violence, Disrupting Public Services, Criminal Damaging or Endangering, Unlawful Restraint, Disorderly conduct

Credit: Trumbull County Sheriffs Office

(WKBN) – Most of the charges against a Liberty rape suspect were dropped Wednesday.

The rape, burglary and disrupting public services charges against Justin Cruz were dropped Wednesday as part of a request by the victim, according to court records. The domestic violence charge against Cruz was dropped to a misdemeanor, and he was found guilty of criminal damaging, according to a court official.

According to court records, the victim in the case had a relationship with the defendant.

Police arrested Cruz on a warrant last week for an incident that happened on August 8.

Cruz received a 53-day jail sentence, being given credit for the seven days he already served in jail. He was also ordered to pay fines and be assessed for drug or alcohol abuse.

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