Ashtabula man charged with rape of 17-year-old girl

Matthew Littlefield, 24, of Ashtabula was arraigned on rape and other charges on Tuesday morning before Magistrate Dean Topalof.

JEFFERSON — A 24-year-old Ashtabula man, charged with rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a 17-year-old girl, had his first court appearance Tuesday in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew J. Littlefield II faces six counts of rape, each a first-degree felony; seven counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, each fourth-degree felonies, and one count of disseminating material harmful to juveniles, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to court records.

Littlefield said he was indigent and Magistrate Dean F. Topalof appointed attorney Malcolm S. Douglas to represent him.

Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci asked the court to set a $100,000 cash or surety bond, stipulating Littlefield have no contact with the victim. He said Littlefield was arrested in an area where homeless people gather and, with no address, he was a substantial flight risk.

Littlefield said he lives with his girlfriend in Ashtabula.

Douglas asked the court to set bond at $10,000.

After some consideration, Topalof set bond at $100,000 cash or surety, stipulating Littlefield is to have no contact with the victim.

"These are all serious charges," he said.

The case was assigned to Common Pleas Judge Gary Yost.

Several members of the victim's family were in the courtroom, along with six members of Bikers for Against Child Abuse of Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

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