BREAKING: 2 Ohio football players found guilty of rape in case that roiled town, stirred reaction online.— The Associated Press (@AP) March 17, 2013
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 face a possible sentence of detention in juvenile jail until they turn 21, capping a case that came to light via a barrage of morning-after text messages, social media posts and online photos and video.
Both broke down in tears after the verdict was read. As Richmond's lawyer addressed the judge, he paused for a moment to comfort his client, whose sobs could be heard throughout the courtroom.
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. Mays was also found guilty on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
UPDATE: Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says he will convene a grand jury to determine if others should be charge in the case beyond the two boys sentenced this morning. According to the AP, "Activist groups have questioned why people who knew about the rape weren't charged under state law requiring people to report crimes." In other words, adults who knew about the situation and withheld or covered up information could be in trouble, after all.