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LISBON – The attorney for George Farnsworth, the Salineville man charged with several sex-related crimes including rape, indicated Thursday he plans to file two motions in the case, including one indicating that because there are two victims there should be two separate trials.

Attorney Joseph King also told Judge Scott Washam in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court they would accept a report provided by the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio, which King had asked to evaluate Farnsworth.

Originally, Farnsworth had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Although the exact findings of the psychiatric evaluation was not discussed, King said he did not plan at this time to withdraw or change that plea.

Farnsworth has been indicted with single counts of rape with a force specification and forcible rape, both first-degree felonies, single counts of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, both third-degree felonies, and a single count of felonious sexual penetration with a force specification, an aggravated first-degree felony.

The indictment alleged the rape with a force specification, which carries a life sentence with parole eligibility after 15 years, occurred February 1995 through Feb. 7, 1998 involving sexual conduct with a girl who was less than 13 years old. The other rape charge and the sexual battery charge involved the same girl from Feb. 8, 1998 through May 2003.

The gross sexual imposition charge involved sexual conduct with another girl in 1990 or 1991. The felonious sexual penetration charge involved that same girl from 1994 through 1997.

Both girls are now in their 20s.

Besides asking for the cases to be separated, King said he will also be filing a motion to suppress a statement his client gave to police. A hearing was set for Aug. 12 for the motion to suppress.

Also before Washam on Thursday, Michael Quinn, 35, of 741 Valley Ave., East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs. By pleading guilty Quinn admitted on Oct. 19, 2010, he had possessed chemicals for the manufacture of the drug methamphetamine, including pseudoephedrine, a pill splitter, drain opener, stove and lantern fuel and ice packs.

He faces a minimum of two years prison and up to a $10,000 fine. A disposition hearing was set Aug. 11 before sentencing.

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