ASHLAND — A doctor from the Youngstown area has been arrested and accused of raping a 12-year-old in Ashland.
Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss, 51, of Canfield, was arrested in south Florida last Friday by federal law enforcement while he was returning to the United States after a trip to Peru, Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said in a news release Thursday.
The county grand jury indicted Aiad-Toss on Thursday with one count of rape, a first-degree felony. According to the indictment, the alleged rape was “on or about” May 25, 2019 through June 8, 2019. Tunnell said if convicted, Aiad-Toss could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Tunnell said Aiad-Toss is in the process of being extradited to Ashland County.
Aiad-Toss allegedly traveled from Canfield to Ashland “to have sex with a 12-year-old child he met via a network of young teens he corresponded with on the internet,” Tunnell said in a news release.
Aiad-Toss is a U.S. citizen and 1990 graduate of the Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt, according to the news release, and has worked as an internist and emergency room physician.
He added that the case is still under investigation.
“The overall investigation is complex and still underway and other potential charges will be reviewed,” Tunnell said.
Tunnell added there was “significant evidence that shows the arrangements being made, and we have witnesses who will testify about what happened.”
Tunnell said he was also asking Ashland County Common Pleas Court for attorney Mark Weaver to assist his office in the case as a special prosecutor. Weaver previously worked as a special prosecutor in the successful prosecution of Shawn Grate, who was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to death. Weaver previously worked at the U.S. Justice Department and has served as deputy attorney general of Ohio.
“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 anyone with information about Aiad-Toss that could help the investigation should contact the Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office at (419) 289-8857.
Dylan Sams can be reached at 419-281-0581, ext. 240, and firstname.lastname@example.org.