More Charges Could Be Filed in Steubenville Rape Case

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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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Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:45 am

DeWine thanks everyone and ends news conference.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:44 am

DeWine wants the grand jury to work quickly.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:32 am

“You hope the law is a teacher and you hope we learn as a society,” DeWine says.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:31 am

DeWine says he’s frustrated by the ignorance and lack of knowledge and caring people have about similar cases.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:30 am

“Don’t look at this Steubenville thing as the exception,” DeWine says.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:23 am

DeWine says community needs to put case behind them but also needs to know that justice was done and no stone was left unturned.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:21 am

Crimes similar to the one on Steubenville occur every Friday and Saturday night, DeWine says.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:19 am

DeWine calls Steubenville a good community, and notes this is “not just a Steubenville problem, it’s a nationwide problem, a societal problem.”

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:18 am

It’s worse when the victim is re-victimized on social media, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:16 am

Calls for the grand jury to convene on or about April 15.

Jessica Dabrowski March 17, 201311:15 am

Dewine: Investigation cannot be completed without grand jury.