By Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A judge says an Ohio man who denied allegations of imprisoning and raping a teenage relative can represent himself in court, just like his adult son, who’s also charged.

A county judge in Toledo previously ended Timothy Ciboro’s (SIH’-bohr-ohz) self-representation, citing courtroom conduct that included outbursts. But the judge on Wednesday decided Ciboro could resume acting as his own attorney, though she noted she had reservations about that.

The judge also decided a comfort dog can be in court when alleged child victims in the case are testifying.

A prosecutor says it’s meant to ease the courtroom environment for young victims who will face questioning by the defendants.

The Ciboros argued the dog is distracting and could be replaced with a stuffed animal.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

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