DeWine: Grand jury to be convened for Steubenville rape

11:14 AM, Mar 17, 2013   |    comments
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STEUBENVILLE -- Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Sunday that a grand jury will be convened to determine if anybody else should be charged in a party last summer during which a 16-year-old girl was raped.

The grand jury is expected to begin meeting on or about April 15.

DeWine made the announcement following the verdict in the trial against football players, Ma'Lik Richmond and Trent Mays.  Both were found delinquent on all charges--the equivalent of a guilty verdict in adult court.  Both will spend a minimum of 1-year in a juvenile facility.  Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail.

"I believe what we saw today was justice," said Attorney General DeWine in reference to the verdict.  "It's not a happy time for anyone.  This is a tragedy."

Steubenville police asked DeWine's office for help in the investigation of the rape.  The severely intoxicated teenage girl was digitally penetrated in a car and in a basement of a home following  a party last August while she was incapacitated.

To date, DeWine's office says the state's crime lab has processed 396,000 text messages and 308,000 photos in connection with the investigation.  The Attorney General says it has determined 43 people were at one or both locations where the assaults occurred.  Sixteen of those people have refused to answer questions.

DeWine says as a result he has come to believe that the investigation "simply cannot be completed ... without the convening of a grand jury." 

DeWine also told reporters that more must be done to address the cavalier attitude that today's teens have towards sex and rape.

"We as a society need to do more to educate our young people about rape. It is horrible crime of violence," said DeWine.

"Crime likes this happen every single weekend in this country.  Steubenville is not the exception. ... We still have an ignorance, from people about the fact that these events happen all the time."  People need to wake up, DeWine said. 


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