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Daily Mail: Revealed, shocking tweets at the center of a SECOND #Steubenville rape claim

Trial by social media: The messages over Twitter, Instagram and text that were exchanged on the night of the rape and the following day were central to the case - and to the outrage it has caused nationwide

Trial by social media: The messages over Twitter, Instagram and text that were exchanged on the night of the rape and the following day were central to the case – and to the outrage it has caused nationwide

Shocking tweets at the center of a SECOND alleged rape involving boys at Steubenville High School can be revealed today.

The messages, between Steubenville High School ‘Big Red’ athletes, were posted in the aftermath of a house party held four months before the now infamous case which scandalized America when it came to trial in March.

Then, star football players Trent Mays, 16, and Ma’lik Richmond, 17, were found guilty of raping a catastrophically drunk 16-year-old girl in a night of back to back house parties in August last year.

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Callous and incriminating? Tweets exchanged in April 2012 between members of Steubenville High’s ‘rape team’ appear to refer to a second reported ‘rape’

Prosecutors told how the defendants treated their victim ‘like a ragdoll,’ dragging her from party to party, photographing her, abusing her and denigrating her through social media.

Now, tweets posted in April 2012 appear to discuss an earlier assault and a second victim of the group of baseball players, footballers and wrestlers, known locally as the ‘Rape Crew’ – supposedly a reference to Big Red teams’ field domination.

In one series of tweets baseball player John Linn, wrote: ‘…I still got a nice buzz now from last night.’ He added, ‘Glad I wasn’t involved in all that sick s***.’

A retweet of a comment by wrestler Jake Howarth, at whose home one of the August house parties was held, read: ‘That one girl’s life might be ruined after all that!’

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Chilling echoes: The teammates’ April tweets are horribly reminiscent of those exposed in the first rape scandal in March

Another tweet read simply: ‘First degree rape @luckyMcClurg134 lmao.’

In reponse to Linn’s tweet: ‘It wasn’t rape they were just making love!!’ Howarth urged: ‘Stfu (shut the f*** up) seriously.’

MailOnline was the first to report the existence of a second victim. She was  just 14 at the time of the alleged assault which took place at a Prom party understood to have been held at Big Red Coach Joe Pierro’s home.

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The girl filed a report with Steubenville City Police last September and the case was handed over to Federal Agents. The investigation remains open.

 She told of a night in which she drank from a red solo cup and became intoxicated to such an extent she was unable to prevent the alleged assault from taking place.

One law enforcement official described the account as ‘strikingly similar’ to the high profile Steubenville rape.

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I didn’t do it!!!!: Charlie Keenan, son of Steubenville prosecutor Jane Hanlin, tweets his innocence in a stream of messages as Big Red athletes discuss what did – and didn’t – happen on that April night

Similarly the tone and content of the April tweets are disturbingly close to those four months later, when Mays and Richmond’s 16-year-old victim was described as ‘sloppy’ and a ‘whore.’

One of the April tweets refers to a situation as ‘messier than that chick who got trained’s (sic) vagina.’

Evan Westlake was present for much of the Mays and Richmond rape and though he admitted to videoing it he was granted immunity in return for testifying in the first trial.

Face of the first scandal: Michael Nodianos, infamous for his video on the night of the first rape, once again makes light of an alleged sexual assaut

Face of the first scandal: Michael Nodianos, infamous for his video on the night of the first rape, once again makes light of an alleged sexual assaut

He is among the tweeters who commented on the April incident. In one tweet he noted: ‘If this was the 70s no one would care how many people were involved.’

But another, unidentified, member of their circle using the screen name Kobe Bryant threatened: ‘If my name gets dragged into anything I’ll be so pissed.’

Fast forward to four months later when members of the ‘Rape Crew’ were filmed crowing about the August rape on the night it took place.

Appalling footage of Michael Nodianos describing the 16-year-old as ‘f***ing deader than JFK’ and giggling hysterically in a vile monologue was posted on Youtube.

Among a diatribe of abuse he said: ‘They raped her harder than that cop raped Marcellus Wallace on Pulp Fiction.’ The film caused such outrage that Nodianos was expelled from Ohio State University and forced to make a grovelling public apology.

Now the footage in which he condemned himself and his friends, may yet play a part in the investigation into the April attack.

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Still buzzing: One girl’s life ‘might be ruined’ according to John Linn’s tweets – ‘What a great night!!!’

Strikingly similiar: the tweets from April 2012 echo those that contributed to the evidence against Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond when they came to trial in March

Strikingly similiar: the tweets from April 2012 echo those that contributed to the evidence against Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond when they came to trial in March

Just under seven minutes into his rant Nodianos can be clearly heard comparing the August rape to another incident.

He said: ‘You thought it was bad when that girl got raped at Palooza . This is worse. This is a dead body.’

Palooza is the local nickname for Coach Joe Pierro’s house. He was out of town when the April party at which the alleged rape took place was held.

No charges have yet been brought but this second alleged rape has fallen under the intense scrutiny of the grand jury convened  in the aftermath of Mays’s and Richmond’s conviction.

Amid rumors of institutional cover-up and a widespread loss of faith in the legal system Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine convened the grand jury which first met in April.

It was to be a ‘tool of investigation’ he said seeking out all who could be held accountable for obstructing the legal process that ultimately brought Richmond and Mays to trial and for allowing the harassment of the victim to carry on unchecked.

Mr DeWine vowed that the grand jury would ‘follow the evidence’ wherever it took them.  Two of the City officials indicted as a result of the grand jury’s investigations are facing charges relating to this first alleged rape.

Steubenville City Schools Superintendent, Michael McVey, is facing three felony counts and two misdemeanors for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, falsification and obstructing official business. All encompass acts alleged to have been carried out ‘on or about April 5 2012.’

Elementary School Principal Lynnett Gorman, wife of Steubenville High School Vice Principal Ted Gorman, faces a charge of failing to immediately report child abuse or neglect ‘on or about April 12, 2012,’ when she had ‘reasonable cause to suspect based on facts that would cause a reasonable person in a similar position to suspect,’ that such abuse had taken place to a child under the age of 18.

The tweets seen by MailOnline date between 8th and 10th April 2012.

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Following the evidence: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, left, announces the indictments that resulted from the grand jury’s investigations. Among them was Steubenville City Schools Superintendent, Mike McVey, right

Speaking out after during the trial in March, Steubenville police chief William McCafferty admitted, ‘The thing I found most disturbing about this is that there were other people around when this was going on. Nobody had the morals to say, “Hey, stop it, that isn’t right.”’

 That culpability, according to Mr DeWine, extended not only to the perpetrators on the night but to the adults and officials who stood idly by as the rape victim was picked apart online and through social media, and chatter found its way from the internet into the halls and classrooms of Steubenville High School.

Speaking to MailOnline Attorney Bob Fitzsimmons who represented the first victim and is now attorney to the second said he could not comment on the particulars of the case, but welcomed the indictments relating to it.

He said: ‘I’m not surprised at all at the individuals or the charges brought against them by the grand jury.’

He would not be drawn on whether or not he hoped or expected investigations into the April incident to lead to prosecutions but he noted: ‘Criminal charges are not pursued by families or individuals so even if you have a reluctant witness the state has the right to pursue if they see fit.’

He added that those granted immunity at the earlier trial had no guarantee of that same privilege in any other proceedings.

He said: ‘General immunity doesn’t mean you get a free walk for the rest of your life.’ In the same way, he said: ‘A girl being so drunk that she cannot consent or otherwise doesn’t give you a free pass to rape her.’

Entire Article Here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2519570/EXCLUSIVE-First-degree-rape–lmao–Shocking-tweets-center-allegations-SECOND-Steubenville-rape-months-assault-scandalised-America.html

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Rhinaman Retires #Steubenville

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By DAVE GOSSETT – Staff writer

STEUBENVILLE – William Rhinaman, the IT director for the Steubenville City School District, who is facing accusations of lying to the special Jefferson County grand jury investigating issues surrounding the Steubenville teen rape case, has retired effective Friday afternoon.

The city school board of education met in special session Friday to approved Rhinaman’s retirement.

Rhinaman has worked for the school district for approximately 27 years. He also worked for the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency.

The school board discussed the issue in executive session for 25 minutes before approving the single issue on the meeting agenda.

Board member Dr. Michael Giannamore abstained from voting.

“I have been the primary care physician for the Rhinaman family for the past 15 years and felt it was inappropriate for me to vote on this issue,” Giannamore said after the meeting.

The 53-year0-old Rhinaman was named in a four count secret indictment on Oct. 7 charging the Mingo Junction resident of tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjuring himself during a six month long special grand jury investigation reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

A series of parties last year ended with a Weirton girl being raped by two Steubenville High School students on Aug. 11.

Rhinaman’s daughter, Hannah, was indicted last month on two charges of receiving stolen property and one charge of theft.

Both Rhinamans are scheduled to appear before visiting retired Summit County Judge Patricia Cosgrove for pre-trial hearings on Dec. 6.

William Rhinaman was granted a paid leave of absence by the school board at the October board meeting.

– See more at: http://www.heraldstaronline.com/page/content.detail/id/592053/Rhinaman-retires.html?nav=5010#sthash.tbOT5S1w.dpuf

 

Second Indictment From #Steubenville Grand Jury

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Hannah Rhinaman (20), of Mingo Junction has been indicted on three counts unrelated to the rape case:

⇨Grand theft
⇨2 counts of receiving stolen property

According to the indictment these crimes occurred between August 20th-Sept 21st, 2012.

Hannah was an employee of The Steubenville school district.

She worked 118 hours under a “purchase order” contract in her father’s department setting up computer labs and updating software, and was paid $7.70 per hour during this time frame- Superintendent Michael McVey

Hannah is no stranger to the law. She has arrests for “OVI” and “Drug paraphernalia.” She served 30 days and is currently on probation.

Her current indictment is unrelated to her father’s case. If convicted she faces up to 3 years in state prison.

Both Hannah (arraignment) and her father William ( pre-trial hearing) are due in court on Friday.

She has some interesting Facebook posts as well:

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Dewine’s Press Release-

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Indictment-

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Ky Anonymous: How Much Money is Enough?

Ky Anonymous has raised 53k for his legal defense, who knows how much for personal bills, and recently started a fund to start his own business. Now, he and his long-time girlfriend have split up so he needs $800.00 to get his own apartment despite having a job.

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Where do we draw the line? Normal people struggle everyday, but they don’t use Anonymous and a rape victim to fund their lives.

Ky Anonymous is yet to be charged with any crimes despite what he and his former attorney had said about being charged a month in a half ago.

He loses supporters for this reason: He attacks people who ask him about the misinformation he spreads, and continues to use Steubenville and Anonymous to beg for money.

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Cleveland Kidnap Victims Break Their Silence

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were all smiles thanking everyone for the support they’ve received since they gained their freedom.

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“First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family, my friends,” she says. “It’s been unbelievable. I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there to support us has been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness. I am getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely.”

In response to a question of what she wants to say, DeJesus briefly answers that she would like to say thank you, before her father and then her mother speak at greater length.

Ruiz reflected on the love and support of neighbors, such as those who played such a big role in helping the three young women finally escape their captivity.

“Parents in general that do have a loved one missing, please do me one big favor. Count on your neighbors. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help because help is available,” she said.

Knight, who appears last, expresses confidence for the future and talks about how her faith in God has helped her.

“I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my held high and my feet firmly on the ground,” she says. “Walking hand-in-hand with my best friend, I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.”

Kathy Joseph, an attorney for Knight, said in a statement about the video that the three young women wanted to “say thank you to people from Cleveland and across the world.”

“People are recognizing them now as they go about in public, so they decided to put voices and faces to their heartfelt messages,” Joseph said. “It was their decision to relay their thanks in this way to all of the many people who have offered support to them, for which they are extremely grateful.”

James Wooley, attorney for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, said the release of the video does not mean that the three women will begin making public appearances or granting interviews any time soon.

“It is important for everyone, especially the media, to understand that the three women still have a strong desire for privacy,” Wooley said. “They do not want to talk about their ordeal with the media or anyone else. This cannot be stated strongly enough.”

Ariel Castro, 52, the man accused of kidnapping the three women and keeping them inside his home, has pleaded not guilty to a 329-count indictment that includes charges of kidnapping and rape.

Castro, a former school bus driver, also is also accused of the aggravated murder of a fetus for allegedly forcibly causing an abortion in one of his victims that he is accused of impregnating, a charge that could potentially carry the death penalty.

 

Steubenville Grand Jury Reconvenes – WTRF 7 News Sports Weather – Wheeling Steubenville

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Steubenville Grand Jury Reconvenes – WTRF 7 News Sports Weather – Wheeling Steubenville

he Grand Jury in the Steubenville rape case reconvened Monday as members probed into whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

One of the issues being addressed is whether adults knew of the rape last August but didn’t report it.

The Grand Jury last met on May 24, then adjourned to give investigators time to gather more evidence.

 

Case Dismissal Carpenter Vs. Blackburn

On Monday the T.R.O. was dismissed against Don Carpenter. Let’s hope the Blackburns have come to their senses and leave it alone.

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