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    Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl





    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two members of the high school football team that is the pride of Steubenville were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that bitterly divided the Rust Belt city and led to accusations of a cover-up to protect the community's athletes.
    Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile jail, capping a case that came to light via a barrage of morning-after text messages, social media posts and online photos and video. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served after his rape sentence is completed.
    The two teens broke down in tears after the verdict was read and later apologized to the victim and to the community. Both were emotional as they spoke, and Richmond struggled at times to talk through his sobs. Richmond's father, Nathaniel, also asked that the victim's family "forgive Malik and Trent for the pain they put you through."
    Mays, 17, and Richmond, 16, were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in the back seat of a moving car after an alcohol-fueled party on Aug. 11, and then in the basement of a house.
    The case roiled the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged — accusations that Ohio's attorney general pledged to look into — and led to questions from a much wider audience online about the influence of the local football team, a source of a pride in a community of 18,000 that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry.
    Protesters who sought guilty verdicts stood outside the courthouse Sunday morning, their arms linked, some wearing masks. Later, prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter criticized the efforts by the hacker collective Anonymous to publicize the case, saying the extra attention led to a chilling effect on those willing to testify.
    The trial opened last week as a contest between prosecutors determined to show the girl was so drunk she couldn't have been a willing participant that night, and defense attorneys soliciting testimony from witnesses that would indicate that the girl, though drunk, knew what she was doing.
    The teenage girl testified Saturday that she could not recall what happened the night of the attack but remembered waking up naked in a strange house after drinking at a party. The girl said she recalled drinking, leaving the party holding hands with Mays and throwing up later. When she woke up, she said she discovered her phone, earrings, shoes and underwear were missing, she testified.
    "It was really scary," she said. "I honestly did not know what to think because I could not remember anything."
    The girl said she believed she was assaulted when she later read text messages among friends and saw a photo of herself taken that night, along with a video that made fun of her and the alleged attack. She said she suspected she had been drugged because she couldn't explain being as intoxicated as defense witnesses have said she was.
    "They treated her like a toy," said special prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter.
    Evidence introduced at the trial included graphic text messages sent by numerous students after the night of the party, including by the accuser, containing provocative descriptions of sex acts and obscene language. Lawyers noted during the trial how texts have seemed to replace talking on the phone for contemporary teens. A computer forensic expert called by the state documented tens of thousands of texts found on 17 phones seized during the investigation.
    In sentencing the boys, Judge Thomas Lipps urged everyone who had witnessed what happened in the case, including parents, "to have discussions about how you talk to your friends, how you record things on the social media so prevalent today and how you conduct yourself when drinking is put upon you by your friends."
    The girl herself recalled being in a car later with Mays and Richmond and asking them what happened.
    "They kept telling me I was a hassle and they took care of me," she testified. "I thought I could trust him (Mays) until I saw the pictures and video."
    In questioning her account, defense attorneys went after her character and credibility. Two former friends of the girl testified that the accuser she was drinking heavily that night, had a history of doing so and was known to lie.
    "The reality is, she drank, she has a reputation for telling lies," said lawyer Walter Madison, representing Richmond.
    The accuser said that she does not remember being photographed as she was carried by Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond, an image that stirred up outrage, first locally, then globally, as it spread online. Others testified the photo was a joke and the girl was conscious when it was taken.
    After the trial, the accuser's mother rebuked the boys for "lack of any moral code."
    "You were your own accuser, through the social media that you chose to publish your criminal conduct on," she said.
    The photograph led to allegations that three other boys, two of them members of Steubenville High's celebrated Big Red team, saw something happening that night and didn't try to stop it but instead recorded it themselves.
    None of them were charged, fueling months of online accusations of a cover-up to protect the team, which law enforcement authorities have vehemently denied.
    Instead, the teens were granted immunity to testify, and their accounts helped incriminate the defendants. They said the girl was so drunk she didn't seem to know what was happening to her and confirmed she was assaulted.
    After Mays and Richmond were taken into custody Sunday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he planned to convene a grand jury next month to investigate whether anyone else should be charged in the case.
    Noting that 16 people refused to talk to investigators, many of them underage, DeWine said possible crimes to be investigated include failure to report a felony and failure to report child abuse.
    "This community desperately needs to have this behind them, but this community also desperately needs to know justice was done and that no stone was left unturned," he said.
    Mays and Richmond were determined to be delinquent, the juvenile equivalent of guilty, Lipps ruled in the juvenile court trial without a jury.
    The length of their sentence beyond the minimum one year will be determined by juvenile authorities; they can be held until they're 21. Lipps said that "as bad as things have been for all of the children involved in this case, they can all change their lives for the better."
    The accuser's mother echoed that, saying the case "does not define who my daughter is. She will persevere, grow and move on."
    The Associated Press normally doesn't identify minors charged in juvenile court, but Mays and Richmond have been widely identified in news coverage, and their names have been used in open court. The AP also does not generally identify people who say they were victims of sex crimes.
     
         
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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    I did not need to know this -__- How disgusting
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Sucks for them.

    That's why teens ,boys and girls shouldn't drink.


    Though I don't believe the teen girl.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    How depressing
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Derp Obito View Post
    Mays, 17, and Richmond, 16, were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl,
    Uhm. What exactly does it mean to "digitally penetrate" someone?
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by gullagullagulla View Post
    Uhm. What exactly does it mean to "digitally penetrate" someone?
    I guess it means to threaten to penetrate a person over the internet using very descriptive imagery.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by gullagullagulla View Post
    Uhm. What exactly does it mean to "digitally penetrate" someone?
    They videoed the rape act
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    You shouldn't have sex with someone who is unconscious it is wrong morally and no one deserves for this to happen to them. That being said I feel as if it was both her's and their's she shouldn't be drinking so much it renders her unconscious at the same time they shouldn't take advantage of someone cannot speak for themselves or give consent into engaging in any sexual activities.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Omg, am still a virgin and would remain so for long, what exactly did those boys gain now? Nothing
    just got punishment and shame in return
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Kill them.
    they don't deserve to live after what they did to the girl.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by November Nolove View Post
    Kill them.
    they don't deserve to live after what they did to the girl.
    I don't know what it is like to be a woman but that's kind of harsh don't you think?
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    This is messed up. Poor girl.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Michio Kaku View Post
    I don't know what it is like to be a woman but that's kind of harsh don't you think?
    It is.
    I consider the entire thing to be a case of very bad decision-making on both parts. My sympathy goes out to the two boys, who will now have a very hard time finding a source of income when they reach adulthood. Where the girl is forever victimized, but able to move on, this case will follow the two boys forever.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Zero Kelvin View Post
    It is.
    I consider the entire thing to be a case of very bad decision-making on both parts. My sympathy goes out to the two boys, who will now have a very hard time finding a source of income when they reach adulthood. Where the girl is forever victimized, but able to move on, this case will follow the two boys forever.
    Sympathy for the rapists? Don't make me laugh.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

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    Sympathy for the rapists? Don't make me laugh.
    Do you agree that killing them is a suitable punishment?
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Michio Kaku View Post
    Do you agree that killing them is a suitable punishment?
    It is up to the justice system to decide that dear boy
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Derp Obito View Post
    It is up to the justice system to decide that dear boy
    I was asking for your opinion on it but okay.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Rape is one of the worst things a human can do against another
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    This days girls are not safe at all.sumtimes i get scared to come back home after school
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by November Nolove View Post
    Kill them.
    they don't deserve to live after what they did to the girl.
    The court case said they just fingered her while she was passed out and drunk. I think the appropriate punishment would be to tie those two up, give the girl a blunt object, and let her vent her frustration on the two of them. Keep a medical staff nearby as well.

    Perhaps let her family take a go at them as well. Then they learn the effects of them causing this girl to be raped.

    They would get the idea real quick and wouldn't have to throw more people into the juvenile/prison system.
     
         
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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Both parties are responsible. The girl is guilty of putting herself in the situation to get raped(by drinking alot). But even thought the girl put herself in that situation, it does not take away in any way shape or form, how sickening it is for those boys to have taken advantage of her like that.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by cptenn94 View Post
    Both parties are responsible. The girl is guilty of putting herself in the situation to get raped(by drinking alot). But even thought the girl put herself in that situation, it does not take away in any way shape or form, how sickening it is for those boys to have taken advantage of her like that.
    Girl is guilty of nothing but underage drinking. She was violating no one's rights but the boys were violating HER RIGHTS.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    What was the girl thinking while going to a party in the first place?

    Didn't she thought about what could happen if she went alone to such party?

    With her friends OK, but this case has more to be investigated.
     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    Quote Originally Posted by ArabianLuffy View Post
    What was the girl thinking while going to a party in the first place?

    Didn't she thought about what could happen if she went alone to such party?

    With her friends OK, but this case has more to be investigated.
    I agree that the girl should have been more cautious beforehand. But that does not take away the blame off the two boys.
    There's this feminist slogan going around which I respect.

     
         

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    Re: Two Ohio Teens Found Guilty Of Rape Of Teen Girl

    CNN took an interesting angle on the Stuebenville rape verdict. They focused on the convicted rapists, and their lost potential. They may have to do a WHOLE YEAR in prison, just because they and some of their buddies drugged and repeatedly raped a 16-year-old girl, then dumped her in a yard and urinated on her. (Had they been tried as adults, they would have gotten 5-12 years, which also isn't nearly enough, but I digress.)

    You'll notice how little they actually mention the victim. Sigh.

     
         

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