Mar 17 - Two Teens Found Guilty of Rape in Steubenville

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Mar 17 - Two Teens Found Guilty of r*pe in Steubenville
 

 
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- 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 r*pe sentence is completed.

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Trent Mays, left, and Ma'Lik Richmond were sentenced Sunday to at least a year in juvenile jail after being found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl.
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.

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. They were ordered to avoid contact with the victim until they're 21.

The case roiled the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions 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. Their arms linked, protesters stood outside the courthouse Sunday morning awaiting the verdict, some wearing masks.

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 nekkid 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 a.ssaulted 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 s3x 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.

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 had a history of drinking heavily and was known to lie.

"The reality is, she drank, she has a reputation for telling lies," said lawyer Walter Madison, representing Richmond.

The two girls testified they were angry at the accuser because she was drinking heavily at the party and rolling around on the floor. They said they tried unsuccessfully to get her to stop drinking.

The accuser said that she does not remember being photographed as she was carried by Mays and Richmond, an image that stirred up outrage, first locally, then globally, as it spread online. Others have testified the photo was a joke and the girl was conscious when it was taken.

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.

The three boys weren't 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 digitally penetrated in a car and later on a basement floor.

Ohio's attorney general planned to announce later Sunday whether additional charges will be brought against others in the case.

Mays and Richmond were determined to be delinquent, the juvenile equivalent of guilty, Judge Thomas Lipps ruled in the juvenile court trial without a jury.

They can be held until they're 21, and the length of their sentence beyond the minimum one year will be determined by juvenile authorities.

The a.ssociated 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 s3x crimes.

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 Two Steubenville High School football players guilty of r*pe - ESPNHS

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182 comments for "Mar 17 - Two Teens Found Guilty of Rape in Steubenville"

 5 years ago '12        #2
seanie 13 heat pts13
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Got to be equally drunk b
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nights bright 6 heat pts
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Seems like everyone got off kinda easy. That does say the 2 charged can be held longer then the minimum one year tho right, up till theyre 21? And then the one has an extra year on top of the r*pe sentance?

Id like to see the one fool from the youtube video charged, i guess he might have got immunity to testify tho...
 5 years ago '08        #4
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Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile jail
That's it?!?!?!

And then 1 measly yr in jail after that for one of them b/c of some other nudity charge? Wow
 03-17-2013, 12:36 PM         #5
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 Matt504 said:
seems like pretty harsh sentencing for Steubenville, if that pesky video hadn't leaked out these poor guys would be enjoying their Spring breaks.





Gotta laugh at dudes crying in the courtroom when they commit sh*t like this and laugh about it

Hope they enjoy their time
 5 years ago '05        #6
pnoi89 11 heat pts11
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 stlcardinals19 said:
That's it?!?!?!

And then 1 measly yr in jail after that for one of them b/c of some other nudity charge? Wow
It's bullsh*t, right? Hopefully being registered as s3x offenders will fu*k up their lives in the long run.
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seanie 13 heat pts13
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 pnoi89 said:
It's bullsh*t, right? Hopefully being registered as s3x offenders will fu*k up their lives in the long run.
Even juvy k!llers get a second chance in life
 5 years ago '08        #8
Future 44 heat pts44
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Good... lock their a.sses up....

Being known for a r*pe in jail is one of the worst things.... HOpe they ready
 5 years ago '04        #9
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I just read this article on yahoo news. They got what they deserved. People don't think before they do stupid sh*t like this.
 5 years ago '07        #10
r.burgundy 16 heat pts16
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 knowughetto said:
I just read this article on yahoo news. They got what they deserved. People don't think before they do stupid sh*t like this.
u think all they deserved was 1 year of juvie?
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ReppinDaBurghh 55 heat pts55
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 pnoi89 said:
It's bullsh*t, right? Hopefully being registered as s3x offenders will fu*k up their lives in the long run.
Go fu*k yourself.

The girl was drunk, got taken advantage of, and cried about it the next day and cried r*pe.

It's bullsh*t if you ask me. Registered s3x offenders for the rest of their lives, a year or two in jail, just because some dumb bi*ch couldn't handle her alcohol? And she's 16 years old and has a history of getting black out drunk and telling lies?

Bullsh*t.
 5 years ago '12        #12
Phuck Yiu 34 heat pts34
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they didnt r*pe her they fingered her. the girl was drunk and they were drunk, she may have been a little more drunk but that doesnt mean they r*ped her. she got embarrassed because the n*ggas were actin stupid with pictures and videos going around the school, so she said it was r*pe to save face.
 03-17-2013, 04:09 PM         #13
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 nights bright said:
Seems like everyone got off kinda easy. That does say the 2 charged can be held longer then the minimum one year tho right, up till theyre 21? And then the one has an extra year on top of the r*pe sentance?

Id like to see the one fool from the youtube video charged, i guess he might have got immunity to testify tho...
It's cause they were tried as juveniles
 5 years ago '12        #14
woscoe 
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240sx 
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Dudes bi*ched up and started crying... Dudes going to get the pipe in jail too...
If it was my daughter I'd wait find ..em and break a broom stick off in their a.ss..
 03-17-2013, 04:52 PM         #16
Throbbin' Thicke 
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 I-NeeD-$$$ said:
wtf?? they r*ped her and pissed on her...

Even the boy in the video that was part of it clearly said "shes so r*ped"...







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but yea... they didnt r*pe her.....shut ya dumb a.ss up
That's cause n*ggas comment without knowing sh*t. Typical bx posters
 5 years ago '13        #17
Lucky Lucas 47 heat pts47
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 240sx said:
Dudes bi*ched up and started crying... Dudes going to get the pipe in jail too...
If it was my daughter I'd wait find ..em and break a broom stick off in their a.ss..
You crazy. Dudes are going to baby lockdown for year. They gonna be some of the oldest dudes there and they athletes.

If anything they gonna continue giving unwarranted pipe
 5 years ago '11        #18
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 nights bright said:
Seems like everyone got off kinda easy. That does say the 2 charged can be held longer then the minimum one year tho right, up till theyre 21? And then the one has an extra year on top of the r*pe sentance?

Id like to see the one fool from the youtube video charged, i guess he might have got immunity to testify tho...
But they are going to be on the s3x offenders registry for the rest of their lives though. If that girl was as drunk as they say she was then they should have left her alone.
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lmao @ this whole situation. this generation of 90s kids dont know how to not brag about certain stuff. not saying it was right at ALL.

all of em were drunk, so blame falls on all of them.
 5 years ago '07        #20
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 stlcardinals19 said:
That's it?!?!?!

And then 1 measly yr in jail after that for one of them b/c of some other nudity charge? Wow
They can be held until their 21,1 year is the minimum.Dude could end up doing 4-5 years.In Cali they would go to Youth Authority which is basically the penitentiary for lil n*ggas.It's nothing like juvenile hall.

Considering all that I would say they got what they deserved.If I'm wrong and the state actually let's these guys out after one year(highly unlikely) then,queue up the outrage.


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