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10-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies In Fire On Day Alleged Rapist Goes On Trial

| by Tony Tran

Tragedy struck Youngstown, Ohio, after a fire claimed the lives of three people early Monday morning. One of the victims was an alleged 10-year-old survivor of sexual assault. 

Forensic pathologist Dr. Joseph Ohr identified two of the victims as Corinne Gump, 10, and her grandfather William E. Schmidt, 63. Ohr told WKYC the third victim is believed to be William's wife and Corinne's grandmother, Judith A. Schmidt, 61.

Both William and Judith were deaf at the time of their deaths. 

The fire started at about 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, after loud explosions were heard by neighbors. Though the cause of the blaze has not yet been identified, officials are now investigating the matter. 

Some suspect foul play due to the fact that a man who was alleged to have sexually assaulted Corinne was scheduled to stand trial on Monday. 

Robert Seman Jr., 46, was to appear in court on four counts of rape as well as four counts of gross sexual imposition. He has been accused of sexually assaulting Corinne from the time she was 4 years old until she was 8.  

Seman had been placed under electronically monitored house arrest. His bond was revoked for allegedly attempting to bribe a witness.

As of now, Youngstown police do not suspect anything criminal. However, Sgt. Ron Barber of the Youngstown Police Department said that officials will be investigating the matter due to the fact that Corinne was an alleged victim. 

Sources: The Daily Mail, WKYC / Photo Credit: The Daily Mail