JEFFERSON — An Ashtabula businessman was arrested Wednesday after a grand jury issued a 39-count indictment against him, charging he furnished alcohol, raped and sexually assaulted two teenage girls.
Thomas L. Volpi, 62, of 2708 Walnut Boulevard, and owner of Albino's Meats and Catering, 2316 Lake Ave., is accused of crimes that occurred in the late evening of July 5 and into the early morning hours of July 6 at his home and business, according to a press release from Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas A. Iarocci.
The grand jury also handed down a three-count indictment against Volpi's co-defendant, Tiara Babbitt, 22, of Ashtabula. A warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Volpi is charged with 12 counts of rape, each a first-degree felony; 11 counts of sexual battery, each a third-degree felony; five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, each a third-degree felony; nine counts of gross sexual imposition, each a fourth-degree felony, and two counts of furnishing alcohol to underage persons, each a first-degree misdemeanor.
According to the indictment, Volpi engaged in at least 14 different acts of sexual assault involving a 15-year-old girl and two acts of sexual assault involving a 17-year-old girl.
Babbitt is charged with three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, each a fourth-degree felony, involving the same 15-year-old girl in the Volpi matter, Iarocci said.
The Ashtabula Police Department, with the assistance of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, investigated the case. As part of the investigation, several search warrants were obtained and executed last month at Volpi's residence and business.
"Substantial evidence was seized and forensic evidence developed which will support all of the charges filed in this case," Iarocci said, noting he was waiting for some of the evidence to be processed before presenting the case to a grand jury.
Volpi is being held in the Ashtabula County jail. His arraignment will be scheduled for sometime next week.