Youngstown man convicted of raping 11-year-old

A Youngstown man faces up to life in prison after he was convicted of crossing state lines to rape an 11-year old, law enforcement officials said.

Iraephraim Underwood, 59, was convicted following a jury trial of one count of crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with a person who had not attained the age of 12 years old and one count of transporting a child under 18 years of age in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in an illegal sexual act.

Underwood is expected to be sentenced later this year.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael A. Sullivan and Benedict Gullo following an investigation by FBI, with assistance from the Youngstown and Boardman police departments.


About the Mahoning Valley Task Force Collaborative ( is a collaborative effort between the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), a FBI Safe Streets & Gang Unit Initiative; the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF), a HIDTA initiative; the FBI Crimes Against Children (CAC); and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (CRT), a multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. The group's overall goal is to disrupt and dismantle criminal street gangs, degrade drug trafficking organizations, and remove dangerous predators from our community through intelligence-driven investigations and new initiatives and partnerships.

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