Steubenville High School in Steubenville, Ohio has been rocked with a new shocking sex scandal. It’s only been four months since two football players were convicted of raping a teenage girl. Now a second incident has been discovered.
The high school in Steubenville has been exposed of having a “Rape Crew” comprised of members of the athletic teams. Shedding light on the “Rape Crew” are tweets posted in April 2012 by members that have been discovered.
The series of tweets show the members of the “Rape Crew” discussing the first rape incident. Baseball player, John Linn tweeted “…I still got a nice buzz now from last night.” Followed by, “Glad I wasn’t involved in all that sick s***.”
Wrestler Jake Howrth retweeted Linn’s tweet with a comment that said, “That one girl’s life might be ruined after all that.” Another tweeter wrote, “First degree rape @luckyMcClurg134 lmao.”
The victim in the first rape case that resulted in the conviction of football players, Trent Mays, 16, and Ma’lik Richmond, 17, was only 16 years-old. The second sexual assault incident actually occurred prior to the infamous rape case and that victim was only 14 years-old.
The girl who was victimized in the second incident that took place prior to the one that has already gone to trial filed a report with the Steubenville City Police last September. The Steubenville City Police then transferred the case to federal agents.
The investigation is ongoing into the alleged assault where the second victim reported that she drank out of a “red Solo cup” and became so intoxicated that she couldn’t prevent the alleged assault for happening. One law enforcement official stated that the second victims assault was “strikingly similar” to the first high-profile rape case.
The newly discovered tweets are about the second alleged rape (that took place prior to the highly publicized rape). Kai “Lucky” McClure and Evan Westlake sent some of the tweets. They were both granted immunity in the trial of Mays and Richmond. Westlake tweeted, “if was the 70s no one would care how many were involved.”
During the Mays/Richmond trial, prosecutors described how the two boys treated the female victim “like a ragdoll’. They dragged her from party to party, photographing her, abusing her and then degraded her by posting it all on social media sites.
The second victim, 14, was allegedly sexually assaulted at a Prom party held at the Big Red Coach Joe Pierro’s home, referred to as Palooza. Pierro was reportedly not home when the party took place.
Steubenville prosecutor Jane Hanlin’s son, Charlie Keenan has tweeted that he’s innocent, “I didn’t do it!!!!” and accused the other guys of “lying so bad” about what really happened that night. While a second athlete, Matt Petrella dismissed “the fake stuff going round.”
In the trial, tweets, pictures on Instagram and text messages that were exchanged between the “Rape Crew” on the night of the incident were critical to the case and caused national outrage.
One of the young men, Evan Westlake was present for the rape perpetrated by Mays and Richmond and even confessed to videotaping the incident. However, he was granted immunity in return for his testimony about his teammates. A second teammate, Michael Nodianos took to YouTube to post an offensive diatribe where he laughingly described the rape victim as “so dead” and “f***ing deader than JFK.”
In Nodianos’ video, he said, “They raped her harder than that cop raped Marcellus Wallace on Pulp Fiction.” His actions caused him to be expelled from Ohio State University and he was forced to issue a public apology.
Referring to the second victim, Nodianos also said in his vile YouTube video, “You thought it was bad when that girl got raped at Palooza. This is worse. This is a dead body.”
One of the young men who uses the Twitter screen name Kobe Bryant has yet to be identified. He tweeted, “If my name gets dragged into anything I’ll be so pissed.”
In the aftermath of the conviction of Mays and Richmond, a grand jury was convened to aid in the investigation of the second rape allegation. As of yet, no charges have been filed against any parties in connection with the second reported rape.
Rumors of institutional cover-up swirled around the city. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine convened the grand jury in order to find out everyone “who could be held accountable for obstructing the legal process.” DeWine went on to say that he would “follow the evidence” wherever it took them.
So far two city officials have been indicted and are facing charges pertaining the first alleged rape. Steubenville City Schools Superintendent, Michael McVey is facing three felony counts and two misdemeanors for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, falsification and obstructing official business.
Elementary School Principal and wife of Steubenville High School Vice Principal Lynnett Gorman is facing a charge of failing to immediately report child abuse or neglect. She is believed to have had “reasonable cause to suspect based on facts that would cause a reasonable person in a similar position to suspect.”
Steubenville police chief William McCafferty said during the trial, “The thing I found most disturbing about this is that there were other people around when this was going on. Nobody had the morals to say, ‘Hey stop it, that isn’t right.’” DeWine said it wasn’t just the perpetrators and those who stood by and watched who were culpable, but also the adults and officials who did nothing to stop the harassment of the rape victim on line as well as the halls and classrooms of Steubenville High School.
Attorney Bob Fitzsimmons who represented the first rape victim and now the second victim as well said, “I’m not surprised at all at the individuals or the charges brought against them by the grand jury.” While he wouldn’t comment any his own expectations from the current investigation he did say, “Criminal charges are not pursued by families or individuals so even if you have a reluctant witness the state has the right to pursue if they see fit.”
Fitzsimmons went on to add that those who received immunity for the first trial aren’t guaranteed immunity should a second trial take place. “General immunity doesn’t mean you get a free walk for the rest of your life. A girl being so drunk that she cannot consent or otherwise doesn’t give you a free pass to rape her.”
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