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UPDATED | 2 Steubenville football players sentenced for rape

Published: Sun, March 17, 2013 @ 10:50 a.m.

Attorney general to convene grand jury for more investigation

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio high school football players who were found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl have been sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail.

Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond were found guilty Sunday of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August. The case roiled the small city and stirred reaction from activists online.

The judge sentenced them both to at least one year in juvenile jail and said both can be held until they're 21. Mays, who's 17, was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served after his rape sentence is completed.

Both Mays and the 16-year-old Richmond have been ordered to avoid contact with the victim until they're 21.

Meanwhile, Ohio's attorney general says he'll convene a grand jury to investigate whether other people should be charged in a rape of a teenage girl beyond two boys who were found guilty.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Sunday "this community desperately needs to have this behind them but this community also desperately needs to know justice was done and that no stone was left unturned."

Both defendants broke down in tears after the verdict was read. As Richmond's lawyer addressed the judge, he paused for a moment to comfort his client, whose sobs could be heard throughout the courtroom.

Mays, 17, and Richmond, 16, were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in the back seat of a moving car after an alcohol-fueled party on Aug. 11, and then in the basement of a house. Mays was also found guilty on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

The case roiled the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the local football team, a source of a pride in a community of 18,000 that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry. Their arms linked, protesters stood outside the courthouse Sunday morning awaiting the verdict, some wearing masks.

The trial opened last week as a contest between prosecutors determined to show the girl was so drunk she couldn't have been a willing participant that night, and defense attorneys soliciting testimony from witnesses that would indicate that the girl, though drunk, knew what she was doing.

The teenage girl testified Saturday that she could not recall what happened the night of the attack but remembered waking up naked in a strange house after drinking at a party. The girl said she recalled drinking, leaving the party holding hands with Mays and throwing up later. When she woke up, she said she discovered her phone, earrings, shoes, and underwear were missing, she testified.

"It was really scary," she said. "I honestly did not know what to think because I could not remember anything."


1Silence_Dogood(1656 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Ma'Lik and Trent will have the shoe on the other foot very soon.

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2uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Where were the parents? Blacking out... waking up later... sounds like a sleepover gone very wrong.

More urban and public school trash and areas to avoid.

"were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl"

Digital penetration? What in the heck is that? Do kids these day not have fleshly members for penetration? Do they have to resort to using their i-devices?

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3Jive_Turkey(32 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago


I first saw your comment on my iPhone and had to log onto my iMac to respond to your idiotic message.

More urban and public school trash? Most of the country is educated through the public school system and not every urban area is considered trash.

Secondly, I thought you were attempting to be sarcastic then I realized you must be serious when you asked "Digital penetration? What in the heck is that? Do kids these day not have fleshly members for penetration? Do they have to resort to using their i-devices?".

I'm not even sure how to respond to your comments. They are just so dumb.

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4mnascar(38 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Where were the parents? Who held the party with underage drinking? Why is this allowed to go on and nothing EVER happens to the adults that allowed this to happen? Isn't that child endangering? Or don't parents have any responsibility?

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5DwightK(1522 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

A girl was taken advantage of while she was incapacitated. It doesn't matter that she was drunk, it only maters that these two idiots took advantage of her while she couldn't give consent. It doesn't matter that things like this have happened before.

Frankly, this is the kind of story that should receive a lot of media attention. It's a word of warning to girls not to put themselves in a position where they are vulnerable and for boys to know when to act like gentlemen instead of cavemen.

Those of you blaming the victim should be ashamed.

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6Cubbies(37 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

fattynskinny....the media has blown this case out of proportion? What are you smoking? You show as much remorse as the one defendent who simply apologized for taking pictures and posting them.....

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7anothermike(226 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Fattynskinny realy came up with a super dumb post (plus a couple of others). The Two young men were charged with RAPE....that is what was before the court. Underage drinking, where were any parents, child endangering, texting while driving, overtime parking, jaywalking, had NOTHING to do with the matter before the court. Some jerks always want to victimize the victim....

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8JudyJones(162 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Thank you to this judge for the guilty verdict.
We hope the brave young victim feels some sense of relief. She is to be commended for her courage in speaking up and taking action to expose this ugly crime. She is making a difference by saying that "rape will not be tolerated".

This abuse has got to stop.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, teachers,orphanages, summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc

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9lumper(299 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

the coach needs to be fired. he had knowledge of the incident and denied that to investigators. these coaches who condone illegal activity by looking the other way, or worse yet, assisting in a coverup need to made examples of. this is a penn state type catastrophe only with juvenile predators and not child molesters.. to a lesser magnitude, but yet the same principles of condoning poor behavior,mooney minors can drink in the locker room and that's ok.

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10DSquared(1727 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget the girl. She's obviously a pig too!

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11LtMacGowan(704 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

All for the greater glory of a meaningless football team in a run down city. If a girl gets raped who cares as long as it doesn't affect Big Red, or so the attitude seems to be there.

I hope the grand jury they are convening hands out indictment after indictment.

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12Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

"Both defendants broke down in tears after the verdict was read. "

Boo Hoo Hoo, who freaking cares. These 2 animals are nothing but a waste to society. Juvenile jail....boy these cockroaches got lucky.

Blame whoever, make whatever excuses you want, it boils down to these 2 filthy rapists and I hope they hand out alot more indictments. Pitiful excuse of human DNA.

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136675409(37 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I personally would like to see the person who provided the alcohol for these minors to pay a substantial fine and or do some jail time. Without the booze this crime would not have happened.

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14uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Yawn @Jive_Turkey.

"you must be serious when you asked "Digital penetration?"

Yes, where is this law for digital penetration? Never heard of such a thing. Typo by the Vindy I suspect. What in the world is digital penetration?

Yes I am making light of the situation. Scumbags should be thrown in adult jail, not juvenile candyland. They are big enough, old enough, etc. to know better.

People cry about the time these two fools got, which can be extended until they are 21. Meaning several years plus supervision.

My other question is why aren't they being required to register as sex offenders?

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15fess2it(30 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Fingers are called digits. Get educated.

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