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Youngstown man accused of giving gun to sex offender dad

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Rodney McMeans Jr. (L) Rodney McMeans (R) Rodney McMeans Jr. (L) Rodney McMeans (R)
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A father and son from Mahoning County have been charged after federal authorities say the son gave a gun to his father, even though he had served time for violent sex crimes.

Investigators say that last April, 24-year-old Rodney McMeans Jr. of Youngstown gave a pistol to his father, 43-year-old Rodney McMeans of Struthers.

The older McMeans was previously convicted of rape, kidnapping, attempted murder, and other crimes and was not permitted to have a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.

As part of those convictions, McMeans is still required to register his address with authorities as a Sexually Oriented Offender.

A federal grand jury indicted the father on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. His son is charged with transfer of a firearm to a prohibited person.

“The older defendant has absolutely no business with a gun, given his history of violent crime, and his son knew that,” Herdman said. “We will continue to work to keep firearms out of people who have no regard for the law.”

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