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January 7, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The two high school football players accused of rape will get their day in court. The city of Steubenville, Ohio, however, will have to fight some of its battles online, where news of the case began. It's the story of a horrifying accusation met with small-town side-taking and blown up into a national scandal. Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, both 16, are accused of raping a drunk and unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party on the night of Aug. 11 while other partygoers tweeted and Instagrammed about the attack.
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June 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Steubenville, Ohio, football player, convicted of raping an alcohol-impaired high school girl, must register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years, a judge ruled Friday. Trent Mays, 17, must register as a Tier II sex offender, Judge Thomas Lipps ruled, according to WTOV -TV in Ohio. Lipps presided over the televised trial of Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, who were both convicted of raping the 16-year-old girl from West Virginia during an alcoholic night of summer partying last year.
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June 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Steubenville, Ohio, football player, convicted of raping an alcohol-impaired high school girl, must register as a sex offender every six months for the next 20 years, a judge ruled Friday. Trent Mays, 17, must register as a Tier II sex offender, Judge Thomas Lipps ruled, according to WTOV -TV in Ohio. Lipps presided over the televised trial of Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, who were both convicted of raping the 16-year-old girl from West Virginia during an alcoholic night of summer partying last year.
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March 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Two Steubenville teenagers convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl began serving time in juvenile detention Sunday, but more people could face charges if a grand jury investigation determines that witnesses, the defendants' athletic coaches, or others turned a blind eye to the assaults. "I've reached the conclusion that this investigation ... simply cannot be completed, that we cannot bring finality to this matter, without the convening of a grand jury," Ohio's attorney general, Mike DeWine, told a news conference shortly after Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, were convicted.
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March 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - The allegations are inarguably revolting: A falling-down-drunk 16-year-old girl is molested and sexually assaulted by two fellow high school students, once in a car and again at a friend's house, while other teens tweet and text videos, photographs and gleeful descriptions of the incidents. On Wednesday, two high school boys will stand trial on charges of raping the girl in August, but more is at stake than the futures of the defendants. Steubenville, once famous for steel, Dean Martin and football trophies, is also on trial, and it is fighting to clear itself of accusations that a small-town fixation on high school athletes allowed a hideous crime to occur in front of witnesses who didn't report it. "The actions of a few have basically condemned our whole city," City Manager Cathy Davison said.
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March 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Two Steubenville teenagers convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl began serving time in juvenile detention Sunday, but more people could face charges if a grand jury investigation determines that witnesses, the defendants' athletic coaches, or others turned a blind eye to the assaults. "I've reached the conclusion that this investigation ... simply cannot be completed, that we cannot bring finality to this matter, without the convening of a grand jury," Ohio's attorney general, Mike DeWine, told a news conference shortly after Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, were convicted.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tina Susman
After brief opening statements, the trial of two Steubenville High School athletes charged with raping a 16-year-old girl got underway Wednesday in an Ohio courtroom, with prosecutors repeatedly accusing them of degrading a victim too drunk to resist and the defense insisting the girl's silence indicated consent. Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, football players on the high school's revered team, sat silently as prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter repeatedly used the word “degradation” in her opening statements to describe the boys' alleged treatment of the girl.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tina Susman
As their classmates take graduation exams in the high school down the road, two Steubenville, Ohio, teenagers face trial Wednesday on charges they raped an intoxicated girl, an accusation that has enraged victims' advocates nationwide, embarrassed the town, and raised more questions than the case is likely to answer. Where were the parents that night in August, when dozens of teenagers visited various booze-filled parties until the early hours of the next morning? Why didn't witnesses, who acknowledged watching a sex act being performed on an apparently unconscious girl, intervene?
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March 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
As the defendants sobbed and their attorneys fought back tears, an Ohio judge convicted two high school football stars of raping a 16-year-old girl and sentenced them to juvenile prison Sunday, but the case that cast an ugly light over a small town and its athletes is not over. Shortly after Judge Thomas Lipps sent Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, out of the Steubenville courtroom to begin serving their time, Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine said he had asked Jefferson County to convene a grand jury to investigate whether more people should be charged in the case.
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March 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
T.J. Lane is guilty but not sorry for killing three high school classmates. His lack of remorse was printed on the shirt he wore to his sentencing in an Ohio court and conveyed by the middle finger he flipped to those he has hurt. The 18-year-old Chardon, Ohio, student was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a February 2012 school shooting in which Lane killed three students and wounded three others with a .22-caliber handgun. Lane pleaded guilty last month. He killed Demetrius Hewlin, 16, Russell King Jr., 17, and Daniel Parmertor, 16. Officials said Lane, an alternative-school student, fired 10 shots in the Chardon High School cafeteria.
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March 17, 2013 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
As the defendants sobbed and their attorneys fought back tears, an Ohio judge convicted two high school football stars of raping a 16-year-old girl and sentenced them to juvenile prison Sunday, but the case that cast an ugly light over a small town and its athletes is not over. Shortly after Judge Thomas Lipps sent Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, out of the Steubenville courtroom to begin serving their time, Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine said he had asked Jefferson County to convene a grand jury to investigate whether more people should be charged in the case.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tina Susman
After brief opening statements, the trial of two Steubenville High School athletes charged with raping a 16-year-old girl got underway Wednesday in an Ohio courtroom, with prosecutors repeatedly accusing them of degrading a victim too drunk to resist and the defense insisting the girl's silence indicated consent. Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, football players on the high school's revered team, sat silently as prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter repeatedly used the word “degradation” in her opening statements to describe the boys' alleged treatment of the girl.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tina Susman
As their classmates take graduation exams in the high school down the road, two Steubenville, Ohio, teenagers face trial Wednesday on charges they raped an intoxicated girl, an accusation that has enraged victims' advocates nationwide, embarrassed the town, and raised more questions than the case is likely to answer. Where were the parents that night in August, when dozens of teenagers visited various booze-filled parties until the early hours of the next morning? Why didn't witnesses, who acknowledged watching a sex act being performed on an apparently unconscious girl, intervene?
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March 9, 2013 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - The allegations are inarguably revolting: A falling-down-drunk 16-year-old girl is molested and sexually assaulted by two fellow high school students, once in a car and again at a friend's house, while other teens tweet and text videos, photographs and gleeful descriptions of the incidents. On Wednesday, two high school boys will stand trial on charges of raping the girl in August, but more is at stake than the futures of the defendants. Steubenville, once famous for steel, Dean Martin and football trophies, is also on trial, and it is fighting to clear itself of accusations that a small-town fixation on high school athletes allowed a hideous crime to occur in front of witnesses who didn't report it. "The actions of a few have basically condemned our whole city," City Manager Cathy Davison said.
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January 7, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The two high school football players accused of rape will get their day in court. The city of Steubenville, Ohio, however, will have to fight some of its battles online, where news of the case began. It's the story of a horrifying accusation met with small-town side-taking and blown up into a national scandal. Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, both 16, are accused of raping a drunk and unconscious 16-year-old girl at a party on the night of Aug. 11 while other partygoers tweeted and Instagrammed about the attack.
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January 7, 2013 | By Tina Susman
An Ohio teenager videotaped laughing hysterically as he makes jokes for more than 12 minutes about the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl is "ashamed and embarrassed" but had nothing to do with the criminal case that has roiled his small town, an attorney said Monday. The attorney, Dennis McNamara, described himself as a spokesman for the family of the 18-year-old, identified only as Michael. Michael has not been charged with a crime, but his comments and cackling laughter have helped catapult the Steubenville, Ohio, case to national attention.
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February 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Three people have been arrested in New Jersey in connection with a video showing a young man being stripped and whipped because his father owed $20 -- the latest example of a recording that raises troubling questions about the role of bystanders during a crime. The video, which went viral in recent weeks, shows a 21-year-old man being forced to strip naked and then whipped with a belt, supposedly because his father owed $20. The cameraman splashes water on the victim, who shivers against a handrail in the 2 1/2-minute clip.
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