ASHLAND - An Ashland County Grand Jury indicted a Youngstown area doctor Thursday on a felony rape charge for allegedly travelling to Ashland County to have sex with a 12-year-old child.
Working closely with the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, Ashland Police Department, Ashland County Sheriff’s Office and other federal agencies, Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Tunnell has been investigating the actions of Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss, age 51, of Canfield, Tunnell said in a press release. A 1990 graduate of the Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt, Aiad-Toss has practiced as an internist and emergency room physician in the Youngstown area.
Evidence shows Aiad-Toss, on at least one occasion, traveled to the Ashland area to have sex with a 12-year-old he met via a network of young teens he corresponded with on the internet, according to Tunnell. The rape charge for which the doctor was indicted is a first degree felony. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
“For the last several weeks, we’ve been uncovering evidence that indicates this doctor travelled to a hotel in Ashland County to engage in sex with a 12-year-old girl local to the Ashland area,” Tunnell said in the release. “We have significant evidence that shows the arrangements being made and we have witnesses who will testify about
Federal law enforcement agents who were serving an Ashland County state court arrest warrant for this crime took Aiad-Toss into custody July 5 in South Florida as the doctor was returning to the United States from a trip to Peru. He is now in custody in Florida, awaiting extradition to Ashland County to face this charge.
The investigation is complex and ongoing, Tunnell said is the release. Other potential charges will be reviewed. Anyone with information about Aiad-Toss that could help the investigation should contact the prosecutor's office at (419)289-8857.
“It’s always heartbreaking to see a child being sexually abused, but it’s particularly heinous when it’s at the hands of a doctor who took an oath to protect the vulnerable,” Tunnell said. “The facts of this case are especially heinous and disturbing, and I’ll commit all the resources necessary to ensure that justice is done.”
Tunnell said he is coordinating with Ashland area law enforcement and federal authorities to review how state and federal law can be utilized to gather and advance the most relevant evidence about this sexual abuse.
In addition, Tunnell said he will ask the court to appoint attorney Mark R. Weaver to assist him with the case as a special prosecutor.
Weaver previously worked at the U.S. Justice Department and was also the Deputy Attorney General of Ohio. Like Tunnell, Weaver has prosecuted several child sex abuse cases in Ohio, and he worked with Tunnell last year in the Shawn Grate death penalty prosecution.
A copy of the indictment is below.