More Charges Could Be Filed in Steubenville Rape Case
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a news conference following the guilty verdict in the Steubenville rape trial to discuss the case and the investigation into the incident.
He asked the Jefferson County Common Pleas Court to convene a grand jury.
Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl during a series of back-to-school parties last August.
Mays was also found guilty of disseminating a nude photo of a minor.
The judge gave Mays a minimum of two years and Richmond a minimum of one year behind bars.
“My prosecutors will present evidence to this grand jury for it to determine if other crimes have been committed. I anticipate numerous witnesses will be called to testify,” DeWine explained. “The grand jury could meet for a number of days, and, I should point out, that the convening of a grand jury does not necessarily mean that indictments will be returned or that charges will be filed. However, indictments could be returned and charges could be filed.”
DeWine noted what happened in Steubenville happens everywhere, every Friday and Saturday night.
He provided details on the investigation, saying to date, 56 interviews had been conducted while 16 people refused to talk.
Additionally, cyber crime specialists at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation analyzed 13 phones.
From those phones, investigators reviewed and analyzed 396,270 text messages; 308,586 photos/pictures; 940 video clips; 3,188 phone calls; and 16,422 contacts listed in phones.
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