JEFFERSON — The 62-year-old owner of Albino’s Meats and Catering in Ashtabula, accused of numerous sex crimes with minors, and his 22-year-old co-defendant, will be arraigned Tuesday in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court.
Thomas L. Volpi 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, ages 15 and 17, at his home and business on July 5-6, according to Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas A. Iarocci.
Volpi’s co-defendant, Tiara Babbitt, of Ashtabula, who’s facing three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with the 15-year-old, was arrested late Wednesday afternoon by Ashtabula County sheriff’s deputies.
Babbitt and Volpi are being held in the Ashtabula County jail.
Arraignments are set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Common Pleas Judge Marianne Sezon’s courtroom.
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 court records.
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.”
Volpi and Babbitt were indicted by an Ashtabula County grand jury on Tuesday and arrested on Wednesday.
The Ashtabula Police Department and Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) investigated the case. As part of the investigation, several search warrants were obtained and executed last month at Volpi’s residence and business.
Iarocci said he’s confident “substantial evidence” will support all of the charges.