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Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss of Canfield, 52, who has been awaiting federal court proceedings over sexual trafficking since September 14, 2019, has dropped his application for representation.

Prosecutors allege that Aiad-Toss asked and forced six underage girls between the ages of 12 and 15 to engage in sexual acts with him and perform sexual acts for him for money.

His trial was due to begin last month in Cleveland federal court, but his then attorney, Jay Milano, said he could not attend a trial over concerns about COVID-19. Milano said his age puts him at higher risk of serious health concerns if he contracted the virus.

Then Aiad-Toss asked to represent himself.

Judge Pamela Barker held a hearing on the case on Monday. Milano was present by video.

The judge approved a motion for Milano and Attorney Kate Pruchnicki to resign as attorneys for Aiad-Toss and for the Federal Defense Agency to appoint Attorney Darrin Thompson in their place.

Aiad-Toss, who worked as an ambulance doctor for an outside company at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital until his charges were overturned, faces charges, which could result in prison terms of up to 20 years if convicted.

According to court files, Aiad-Toss does not have a new trial date.

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