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Rape Suspect Whose 10-Year-Old Victim Died In House Fire Appears In Court With Burns

An Ohio man suspected of raping his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter appeared in court with burns on his body -- days after the victim and her grandparents died in a suspicious house fire in Youngstown.

Robert Seman Jr., 46, reportedly appeared in court Monday, but had taken care to cover his burn wounds with makeup. But when authorities discovered the burns on Wednesday in court, they sent him to the hospital for treatment and began conducting a search at his home that they say is directly related to the fire, reports WKBN 27.

Seman's bond was immediately revoked following the fire, which took place early on Monday, the first day of his trial for reportedly raping the young daughter of his girlfriend, Lynn Schmidt. The little girl, Corinne Gump, and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt, died from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at their home. Neighbors reported hearing a blast Monday morning but, until Seman's injuries were uncovered, the police didn't have proof the fire was linked to the rape trial, reports ABC News.

Police say there were no signs of trauma on the bodies of the victims other than burns and soot.

Lynn Schmidt has been taken in for questioning after police say they found her at Seman's house Monday. The victim's mother turned her boyfriend in to the authorities on March 10, 2014, after her daughter reportedly told her Seman had been sexually assaulting her for years. Seman was officially arrested on March 15.

Sources: WKBN, ABC News/Photo Credit: WKBN


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