The 11th District Court of Appeals in Warren has upheld the convictions of a Trumbull County sex offender after he had appealed a ruling from a judge who found him competent to stand trial.

In July of 2022, 21-year-old Elijah Peters, formerly of Hartford Township pled guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of rape and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Peters was sentenced to an indefinite prison term of 10 to 15 years for engaging in sexual conduct with two juvenile victims and sending nude pictures of himself to a third.

Following his sentencing hearing in September of 2022, Peters appealed to the 11th District Court claiming the trial court erroneously found him competent to stand trial because such a finding was against the manifest weight of the evidence.

However, the court found that there was indeed enough reliable, credible evidence to support the competency finding. The court cited the testimony of a staff psychiatrist who had treated Peters four over four months.

The psychiatrist told the trial court that he believed Peters could assist in his own trial including testifying competently.