Former Valley doctor Albert Aiad-Toss wants his sex trafficking conviction overturned

(WKBN) – A former Valley doctor serving a prison sentence for sex trafficking wants his conviction overturned.

Albert Aiad-Toss, acting as his own attorney, filed a motion Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio asking that his conviction be vacated.

In the motion, he said he had an ineffective lawyer, that the judge did not consider a lighter sentence because of his mental health, and that his objections to a pre-sentence report were not considered during of his sentencing.

According to court documents, Aiad-Toss said he was coerced by his attorney into accepting a plea deal in the case. He said he changed his mind about a plea deal with his first attorney, and then that attorney backed out of the case.

Aiad-Toss then acted as his own attorney for a short time, but then decided to go with a court-appointed attorney who he says forced him to accept a plea and threatened to “not do nothing,” if the case went to trial, according to the motion.

Aiad-Toss also testified that he objected to certain factual findings in a pre-sentence report that were not considered and that this lawyer never requested what is called a ” start down” at sentencing, allowing for a lighter sentence to be imposed on the basis of mitigations. terms.

Federal prosecutors have 30 days to respond to the request.

Aiad-Toss appealed his conviction to the Sixth District Court of Appeals, but the case was dismissed in March. He filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court on June 14.

The Supreme Court will issue a decision on whether to hear the case on September 28, 2022.

According to court records, Aiad-Toss enticed three victims, including at least one as young as 12, to perform “commercial sex acts” and forced a 15-year-old to perform a sex act on her.

Police arrested Aiad-Toss at a Florida airport in July 2019 as he returned from a trip to Peru.

He pleaded guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and producing child pornography in February 2021 and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

He previously worked as an emergency physician at Mercy Health Boardman. His medical license was suspended indefinitely in December 2019 by the Ohio State Medical Board.

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