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@Prinniedidit —Why Steubenville Matters

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First of all, I would like to point out a misconception about Steubenville as a whole.  There ARE good, decent, hard-working people who live in Steubenville, Ohio who are unfortunately being labeled because of the abhorrent behavior by a handful of miscreants who continue to victim blame and shame Jane Doe on a regular basis.  These good people are also afraid to speak openly about this behavior for fear of retaliation against them or their families, and with good reason.  I have been the target of harassment for over a year by these people.  I can’t say that I blame anyone local for not wanting to speak out against them because they have to live there among these people.  I have also been the subject of a lawsuit filed against my anonymous commenters and myself for speaking out about this case. (copy of lawsuit here)

I have said little publicly about this case for a long time.  I have ignored the insults and hate speech for longer than anyone else would have.  The families of those involved have threatened to sue me for what amounts to nothing more than internet butt hurt for the past year now.  I have been accused of being everyone on the internet that speaks out against them and they have harassed, targeted, intimidated and shit talked my family, innocent friends and myself for over a year.   Their hatred of me has become a very sick, unhealthy obsession. I am reminded of the question I asked myself on August 22, 2012 when I first read about this case:  Why would these kids act this way? The answer is very clear:  Look at the examples they have in their lives.  They have adult role models in their lives who bully, harass and intimidate others for speaking out, so why wouldn’t these kids opt instead to do nothing but shame, blame and bully Jane Doe on social media?

I am not a US citizen.  I am a German immigrant who proudly lives in this country and loves everything about America.  I have been a staunch defender of the right to free speech and vehemently fought for the rights of my anonymous commenters to remain anonymous when we were sued by the family of Cody Saltsman with regard to the Steubenville rape case.  I could have had the attitude every man for himself when I was sued, but I didn’t.  I rallied behind my John Doe defendants and ultimately was able to enlist the assistance of the ACLU to represent them so that anonymous speech was protected; and more importantly that their identities were protected.  Even as an immigrant, I am entitled to “unalienable rights” as afforded by the Constitution:  the protection of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  Over the past year, I have been a target of hate speech; I have been hunted like an animal by individuals wishing to expose where I live, where I work or who I may have relationships with.  Why?  Because I wrote about a rape case involving their not so compassionate children.  I have purposely not disclosed where I live because these people are unhinged, and people with stalker obsessions are capable of doing bad things.  So, yes…I am in hiding.  NO ONE should have to live like this.  They are so hell bent on destroying me as a person that they have and continue to inhibit my right to earn a living and the right of those who may work for me to earn their living.  Because of their behavior and absolute intent on destroying or causing me physical harm, I am not even in a position to file a police report…because that would disclose my location and potentially put me in danger.

 

(Her entire story here)  http://prinniefied.blogspot.com/2014/01/why-steubenville-matters.html

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

 

 

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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cleveland.com

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First Indictment From The Special Grand Jury

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This is going to be short. The special grand jury came back with it’s first indictment against a Steubenville school IT employee.

William Rhinaman, 53, of Mingo Junction was indicted for perjury, tampering with evidence, and obstructing an investigation during the Steubenville teen rape investigation. (In March Malik Richmond and Trent Mays were convicted of rape and are serving 1 and 2 year sentences.)

The Ohio AG’s office released the sealed indictment Tuesday. Mr. Rhinaman plead not guilty and is out on $25,000 bail. His next court date is October 25th at 11AM where he will be expected to be assigned a public defender.

Copies of the official indictment-

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Video

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.

Cleveland Captives Break Silence and Give Thanks

“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.

 

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