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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

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.

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The Furor Over The Deric Lostutter Defense Fund

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I said this last night on Twitter—>I support #OPFreeKY…I feel like he’s being prosecuted because he stood up for a victim. I think he was trying to do the right thing. Hacking? I highly doubt he actually hacked anything because I was told months ago he’s not a hacker.

I cannot and do not support his lawyer raising funds before any charges are filed. There’s just something shady about that to me. If he had been arrested I would’ve gladly donated to him, but he hasn’t been charged with anything.

I will continue to spread the word of rallies to support him. I cannot attend any rallies, but I will promote them so people who may not have Facebook can decide if they would like to attend.

If you would like to donate, read the fine print. I’ve been told that there is a refund policy.

@MichelleLMckee – The Woman Behind The #Steubenville Rape Case?

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Two years ago, Rehtaeh Parsons told her mother that four boys had gang-raped her while she was drunk on vodka at a house party. A photo of the 15-year-old throwing up during the alleged assault blew up on social media, and soon Parsons’ classmates and peers in Halifax, Nova Scotia, were texting her invitations to have sex with them and calling her a “stupid slut.”

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police eventually abandoned her rape case, claiming a lack of evidence, and Parsons, who had been a straight-A student, dropped out of school and struggled with depression. Then, last month, she hanged herself in a bathroom.

Instances of teenage girls being sexually assaulted and cyberbullied are so common that they rarely make the news. In the Parsons case, people started paying attention not because the episode was particularly egregious (it was), but because it sparked a new vigilante campaign by Anonymous, the global hacktivist collective.

“I think that you can say without a doubt that it was a rape,” says a spokesman for the small group of Anons who coalesced around the Twitter hashtag #OpJustice4Rehtaeh last month. It only took the group about two hours, he says, to track down the photo of the alleged rape and identify the boys involved. Now the group is threatening to name them publicly if the Canadian authorities fail to bring them to justice.

Until now, the story of how Anonymous got involved in Steubenville has never been told in full.

Though Anonymous is best known for targeting corporate websites, pwning religious extremists, and championing Occupy Wall Street, members of the loose-knit group have more recently branched out to go after rapists. In Steubenville, Ohio, last year, the group was instrumental in highlighting the alleged complicity of members of a local high school football team in the rape of 16-year-old girl by two of their teammates and turning it into a national story.

Targeting rapists and their enablers isn’t necessarily something one might expect from Anonymous, which springs from an online geek culture long on the Y chromosome. Just a few years ago, the group existed almost entirely on 4Chan, a no-holds-barred internet chat room where rape would be more likely to come up in a punch line—if not an insult involving someone’s mother. Even now, only about a third of the followers of the largest Anonymous Twitter account, Your Anon News, are women, according to someone who helps run the account.

The demographic is “guys sitting around playing Worlds of Warcraft and drinking beers” or “out on the streets where there’s riots and kettles,” says MC (@Master_Of_Ceremonies), a spokesman for the Anonymous effort in Steubenville. “It’s just kind of more of a guy-mentality thing.”

An Instagram photo posted on the night of the rape. The two boys were later convicted.

Or it was, at least, until the group’s anti-rape ops kicked in.

Until now, the story of how Anonymous got involved in the Steubenville case has never been told in full. The group’s interest was sparked by Michelle McKee, a 51-year-old victim of childhood sexual abuse who says she more recently was nearly driven to suicide by a vicious internet troll.

McKee, who lives in Washington state, is friends with Alexandria Goddard, an Ohio blogger whose reporting on the case drew a defamation lawsuit by the family of Steubenville High School football player Cody Saltsman. (The case was ultimately dismissed.)

By then, police had arrested and charged two of Saltsman’s teammates with raping a passed-out girl at a drunken house party. Social media was awash with evidence that other team members had not simply failed to stop the assault, they had callously belittled the victim. Saltsman, for one, allegedly posted the Instagram photo at right showing the accused rapists lugging the unconscious girl by her hands and feet. He tweeted:

Michael Nodianos, another reveler who’d heard about the incident, chimed in:

Disgusted by the rape and the lack of outcry in its aftermath, McKee spent weeks calling and emailing national journalists, urging them to write about the assault and the lawsuit against her blogger friend, who had hammered away at the football team and the community for their silence.

“Once it became an Anonymous op, it was no longer in my control. It was kind of like being a baton runner.”

After striking out, McKee eventually stumbled upon #OpAntiBully, an Anonymous subgroup that goes after cyberbullies. Members of the operation had recently orchestrated a dramatic takedown of a clan of high school Twitter trolls who’d urged a suicidal 15-year-old to cut herself and drink bleach. McKee was deeply impressed. “People from Anonymous came and kicked their ass,” she recalls, speaking out about her involvement for the first time. “And I’m thinking, this is what [the rape victim] needs.”

So McKee nervously reached out to the Anons on Twitter. “I thought they would either get involved or get pissed, and my online life is over,” she told me. But where she expected a bunch of impetuous hackers, she instead encountered people who were willing to listen and to trust her—especially after she shared her own stories of being bullied and abused.

On December 10, she became the first second person to blast out the now-famous Twitter hashtag #OpRollRedRoll, a reference to Steubenville High’s beloved Big Red football team and its fansite, RollRedRoll.com (Update: McKee says the first tweet of the hashtag was from @KYAnonymous but isn’t visible because his account is suspended):

“Once it became an Anonymous op,” McKee says, “it was no longer in my control. It was kind of like being a baton runner and handing it off to the next person.”

About two weeks later, the Anonymous subgroup KnightSec hacked RollRedRoll.com. The hackers posted the incriminating tweets, Saltsman’s Instagram photo, and the names of 11 bystanders. “This is a warning shot,” said a video communiqué featuring a computer-generated voice and the group’s trademark Guy Fawkes figure. The video (watch below) warned that KnightSec would release the phone numbers and Social Security numbers of the entire football team unless “all accused parties come forward by New Year’s Day and issue a public apology to the girl and her family.”

In a town where being a starting varsity football player is tantamount to royalty, the hack and the threat didn’t win Anonymous many friends. Moreover, KnightSec had wrongly named one player who wasn’t at the party (it later retracted his name), adding to a perception that it was engaged in a witch hunt. When KnightSec called for an “Occupy Steubenville” rally on the courthouse steps in late December, the turnout wasn’t all that impressive, MC told me. But that would soon change.

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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.

Stay with WTRF for live team coverage throughout the day on
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Rape Trial Set To Begin On March 13th

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STEUBENVILLE – The trial for two Steubenville High School student-athletes charged with rape is scheduled to begin March 13 in the juvenile courtroom at the Jefferson County Justice Center and will last at least three days and may go into the weekend.

Media representatives met with juvenile court officials Wednesday to discuss coverage of the upcoming trial before visiting Judge Tom Lipps.

Trent Mays, 16, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville have been charged with rape in connection with an incident that allegedly happened Aug. 11-12. Mays also faces a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly having a picture of the victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone. Attorneys for both defendants have denied the charges.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is expected to call 28 witnesses, according to a juvenile court official. An attorney representing one of the defendants may call about a dozen witnesses. Attorneys for the other defendant haven’t filed a witness list with the court.

Juvenile court will require television stations to use one pool camera.

Lipps during the probable cause hearing asked witnesses, both juvenile and adult, if they wanted to be videotaped or audio recorded. Nearly all the witnesses said they didn’t want to the taped.

The trial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on March 13 and 9 a.m. on March 14 and March 15. The court officials said Lipps intends to stay in court until at least 6 p.m. to get the case finished. The judge is willing to stay until Saturday or even Sunday, if necessary.

Lipps is expected to immediately rule on the guilt or innocence of the defendants.

A court official said if the teens are found guilty, they will be taken into custody and placed in juvenile detention. They have been released on house arrest since the probable cause hearing in November. Lipps also may impose sentencing at the time.

Attorney Walter Madison is representing Richmond, and attorneys Brian Duncan and Adam Nemann are representing Mays.

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Visiting Judge who will oversee this trial and rule on the defendants guilt or innocence

Side Note- Activists are Planning a rally on the 13th, 14th, and 15th to support the justice process and to support Jane Doe. More info on this soon. 

 

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