STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- There is new information in the alleged rape case in Steubenville, Ohio.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office will investigate this incident just like they would tackle any other crime in Ohio, and that’s by following all of the facts.
“I will say the victim has been cooperative and other witnesses have been cooperative,” he said, referring to the 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by two players from the Steubenville High School football team.
This all started at a high school party last August. Two 16-year-olds, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, are accused of raping an intoxicated teenager. A video posted online shortly thereafter went viral. It showed other partygoers joking about the victim’s condition.
“Michael didn’t know the alleged victim,” says attorney Dennis McNamara. He’s representing the 18-year-old student on the video, he refers to as ‘Michael.’ “Some would refer to her as Jane Doe. Michael was told she was at the same house, but he never met her.”
McNamara went on to say, “Michael left the party, where drinking was involved, around midnight. They then stopped at McDonalds then went to another friend’s home where the video was made.”
He has been interviewed by police and has not been charged with any crime. He was a student at Ohio State last fall, but has since left the university. It’s unclear why.
The two suspects will face trial in February.