It was August of 2012 when two teenagers of Steubenville’s football team, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were accused of raping a 16-year-old girl during a series of end-of-summer parties. They were then found guilty in March of this year.
Now, Monday’s news about this terrible case has brought it back to life: superintendent Mike McVey and three more adults are being charged.
The incredible media craze also included “social media” through-out the entire ordeal with many questioning the reliability of original investigators and the hackers group Anonymous even got in on it by reposting a “12-minute Internet video" that had been shared on YouTube within hours of the attacks. In the video Michael Nodianos, a former Steubenville student, jokes about the victim and the attacks.”
When the craze started, most videos, Facebook posts and pictures pertaining to the rape had been taken down but some were found and brought back into the light.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine asked, and received, a convened grand jury right after the boys had been convicted, citing 16 people refusing to talk with investigators, and is quoted as saying, “…this community needs assurance that no stone has been left unturned in our search for the truth."
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McVey is charged with felony counts of obstructing justice, the elementary school principal and the strength coach are charged with failing to report possible child abuse and the former volunteer coach is facing misdemeanor charges that include making false statements and contributing to a child’s delinquency.
More is still out there as the schools’ information technology director and his daughter have both been indicted as well.
The director for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury and his daughter on receiving stolen property and theft but it is noted that those charges are “unrelated to the rape case” and both have pleaded not guilty.
There are also allegations that more football players should have been included in the case. They’ve had a lot of time to cover their tracks though so it is doubtful anything will come of it.
To understand why supposed adults would be involved in covering up such a terrible crime, it should be understood the former steel town has lost an incredible number of jobs in these terrible economic times and this town of a little over 18,000 has grown incredibly attached to their football.
The team dubbed “Big Red” is a nine-time state champion with back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 and because of this popularity in such a small town, people have accused community leaders of trying to cover up the widespread horrible behavior of the players and have also suggested other students had taken part in the assaults.
For more info: for those who live Ohio and want more information, please contact the Ohio Attorney Generals Office at: 800-282-0515 or local: 614-466-4986. They are located at 30 E Broad St #14, Columbus, OH 43215 (Transit: E Broad St & N High St). For directions, please see Google Maps
Ohio Missing Persons Community Support:
- Ohio Attorney General: ‘In this traumatic time do not cut yourself off from others who can support you such as family, friends and clergy. Talk to your doctor if increased stress is affecting your health.”
- Team Hope: The mission of Team HOPE is to assist families with missing, exploited and recovered children by offering peer support including empowerment, emotional support and coping skills from a trained volunteer who has had or still has a missing or exploited child.
Sources: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/25/school-superintendent-among-4-charged-in-inquiry-ohio-teen-rape-case/; http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/17/justice/ohio-steubenville-case/index.html, Steve Almasy; http://www.thewire.com/national/2013/01/inside-anonymous-hacking-file-st...