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High School Football Players In Ohio Found Guilty In Rape Case

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Four days of testimony have come to an end with the conviction of two teenagers in a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio.

Seventeen-year old Trent Mays and sixteen-year old Ma’lik Richmond will be serving time in juvenile jail and both may face detention up until the age of 21.  Convicted not only of raping the sixteen-year old victim during a series of parties in 2012 and then posting video of the incidents and her picture on social media, both young men, members of the high school football team, have apologized to the victim, her family, and their own families.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the men may face additional charges.  The case has caused the town to be divided, even taking issue with the definition of “rape.” Although everyone agrees that the victim, whose name is being withheld from this story, was taken advantage of, not everyone agrees that what took place was rape, although defined as such by Ohio law.  In addition, the prosecution argued that she was victimized repeatedly after the pictures were distributed on social media.

Authorities are also investigating whether others should be charged as others were witness to what took place.

Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a statement on the matter that you can read by clicking here.  The statement includes a timeline of the investigation.



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