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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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Newsweek- “Why Is No One Talking About the Second Steubenville Rape Case?”

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Yesterday’s charges are connected to the rape of a 14-year-old girl, too. Pittsburgh Post Gazzette/Zum Press/Alamy

 

By  / November 27 2013 10:22 AM

Steubenville, Ohio is now officially ready to move on from last year’s infamous teen rape case, in which a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by two high school football players. Or at least that’s the message from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, even though half the school officials indicted this week are charged with failing to reportanother alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl.

After Steubenville High School football players Ma’Lik Richmond and Trent Mays were convicted in March of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl after a drunken party in August 2012, DeWine assembled a grand jury to review whether additional crimes were committed. It met 18 times and heard from 123 witnesses. This week, the jury indicted four school officials, including Steubenville City Schools superintendent Mike McVey, who was charged with multiple felonies for obstructing justice.

A volunteer football coach was also indicted, on several misdemeanor charges, including providing alcohol to minors, along with a strength coach and elementary school principal who were both charged with one count regarding Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

The indicted employees were immediately placed on administrative leave and are due in court December 6. Two others — the Steubenville schools’ information technology director and his daughter — were also indicted by the grand jury last month, the latter on charges unrelated to the rape case. Both pleaded not guilty.

DeWine told reporters yesterday it was unlikely there would be more charges and that it was time for Steubenville to seek closure.

“This community has suffered a great deal. I know they desperately need to be able to put this matter behind them,” he said. “All of us, no matter where we live, owe it to each other to be better neighbors, classmates, friends, citizens.

“We must treat rape and sexual assault as the serious crime of violence that is. When it’s investigated, everyone has an obligation to help find the truth — not hide the truth, not tamper with the truth, not obstruct the trust, and not destroy the truth.”

The statement is less measured that it appears, given that half the new charges are related to a separate matter: the reported rape of a 14-year-old girl in April 2012, many months before the nationally publicized case that hit the headlines.

McVey’s charges include a misdemeanor charge, alleging he made a false statement in April 2012. Gorman’s charge of failing to report possible child abuse is also from April. The Attorney General’s office confirmed that both charges were related to the alleged April rape but declined to comment on how or whether the cases of the 16-year-old and the 14-year-old were related.

Bob Fitzsimmons, the lawyer who represented “Jane Doe” in the nationally publicized case that landed Richmond and Mays in juvenile prison for at least a year, confirmed to Newsweek that he also represents the younger girl, whose family hasn’t filed charges. He declined to comment further.

The original April 2012 incident did receive some local news coverage, but not until the fall, when “those searching the Internet after the rape allegations surfaced in August also unearthed a months-old conversation among Steubenville baseball players and wrestlers about a possible April attack involving a 14-year-old student,” as the Cleveland Dealer reported in September 2012. According to the paper, the girl’s family didn’t file a police report until she read that “conversation” online.

Multiple sources in Steubenville, who would only speak off the record, said the alleged sexual assault also involved Steubenville High School athletes and took place at a team coach’s house.

Yesterday’s official news release said the new charges were “regarding the Steubenville teen rape case” — in the singular — and, despite repeated requests from this reporter, the Attorney General’s office won’t speak on the record about any possible connection between the two incidents.

Alexandria Goddard, the legal consultant widely credited with bringing the August 2012 case to light, has covered the case of the 14-year-old on her blog, Prinnifed, including screencaps of teenagers allegedly referring to the assault (Example: “It wasn’t rape they were just making love!!!”). She told Newsweek the case has probably been further obfuscated because locals were divided on whether it was “truly consensual,” even though the legal age of consensual sex in Ohio is 16 and the purported victim just 14.

Others said the girl may have been pressured to keep quiet. At the time, Steubenville area radio host David Bloomquist, known as “Bloomdaddy,” said he thought the 14-year-old was making it up. “I guess the best way to sum up what I’m saying is this: It’s easier to tell your parents you were raped than, ‘Hey mom or dad, I got drunk and decided to let three guys have their way with me.'” he said.

“It’s time to let Steubenville move on,” Attorney general DeWine said yesterday after announcing the final four indictments. The grand jury is clearly eager to do so. But it will take more than definitive proclamations of closure to change the way people — both in Steubenville and across the country — talk about sexual assault and consent.

 

http://www.newsweek.com/why-no-one-talking-about-second-steubenville-rape-case-207333

 

 

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Steubenville Grand Jury Convenes Tuesday

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The Grand Jury will begin looking at evidence from the Steubenville rape case on Tuesday.

Last month, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays were found delinquent of raping a 16-year-old at a party back in August. More people could be indicted if the jury finds other laws were broken.

Just days ago, search warrants were executed at school board offices, Steubenville High School, Harding Stadium, and a digital investigations company in Medina County. State investigators gathered evidence for the grand jury to look into.

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Activist Group Delivers Petition with 70,000+ signatures to Ohio AG demanding prosecution of everyone involved in alleged teen rape case

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By NEWS9

COLUMBUS, Ohio — 

The Steubenville teen rape case continues to attract the attention of activist groups around the country. 

And on Thursday morning, two of them presented Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine with a petition urging him and state investigators to pursue additional charges. 

An online petition with more than 70,000 signatures calls for full prosecution of everyone who may have been involved in the alleged incident. The petition was delivered by members of two separate groups: UltraViolet and the Ohio state chapter of Choice USA. 

DeWine met them outside his office in Columbus, reviewed the petitions and told prosecutors that they’re on the same page. 

“Our intent, like theirs, is to seek justice. My job is not just to get a conviction. My job is to seek justice,” DeWine said. 

Two Steubenville High School student-athletes are charged with raping the girl in August. A hearing is set for Friday on defense motions to close, delay and move the trial to another venue. A non-jury trial before a visiting judge is set to begin on Feb. 13.

One of the groups that went to DeWine’s office — UltraViolet — is the same group that paid for a mobile billboard, which rode through Steubenville, calling for action. 

The mobile billboard was directed toward Attorney General Mike DeWine and read: “Prosecute everyone who’s involved in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, including those who posted photos and videos on the Internet instead of trying to stop or report the crime. The world is watching Steubenville.”

According to a Jan. 16 news release from the group, UltraViolet is an online community of more than 300,000 women and men “who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media.” 

In that news release, UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary, said, “70,000 UltraViolet members demand that Attorney General Mike DeWine step up his work in this case to show that when it comes to a crime as serious as rape there (are) no ‘get out of jail free’ cards.” Chaudhary added, “The world is watching Steubenville, and we want to see justice. This billboard is only the first step.”

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