One 16-year-old female is in custody as is a 15-year-old female. They are suspected of making threats via Twitter against the victim, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Monday.
The sheriff said one threat was to assault the 16-year-old victim, while the other promised to kill the rape victim. Both teen suspects are Steubenville residents, Abdalla said.
After an often graphic four-day trial that focused heavily on texts, photos and videos collected from teenagers’ cell phones, visiting Judge Thomas Lipps on Sunday convicted the two boys accused of rape in the case: Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16.
During Sunday’s proceedings, Lipps warned teens to watch what they Tweet online.
A release from Attorney General Mike DeWine states the investigation on the online threats began soon after Sunday’s sentencing hearing concluded.
The 16-year-old girl is charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated menacing for threatening the life of the victim on Twitter. The 15-year-old is charged with one misdemeanor count of menacing for threatening bodily harm to the victim on Facebook.
The suspects were taken to Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center after they were arrested.
Meanwhile, both Richmond and Mays will go to a juvenile correctional facility. Richmond will be held for a minimum of one year, and Mays for a minimum of two. However, both can be held until they are 21.
Monday, DeWine announced a grand jury will investigate whether anyone else should be charged in the events surrounding the August sexual assault.
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