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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

 

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.

 

Man Removes His ‘Anonymous’ Mask After Steubenville Rape Trial

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By Jim Heath

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The man behind the Guy Fawkes mask, known online as KyAnonymous, revealed himself to supporters in front of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus on Monday.

Deric Lostutter admits he’s part of hacker-activist collective Anonymous, but says he’s done nothing illegal and was compelled to come forward after the FBI raided his Kentucky home in April.

“It was kind of intense,” said Lostutter.  “They came out with M16 assault rifles. CIS, two state troopers, the local sheriff — all for my little computer.”

About a dozen supporters delivered boxes of petitions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Monday.

Many chanted, “We demand justice for Deric” and held signs “Deric is a hero.”

They’ve also raised $50,000 for his legal defense fund.

Hiding behind the mask, Lostutter, a self-employed IT security specialist, went by the online name KyAnonymous during the Steubenville rape trial.

Hacker activists helped propel national coverage of the rape case.

Lostutter admits posting a web video showing a student joking about the attack, but says he didn’t hack any computers.

“The information I had was there possibly (was) a cover up going on,” said Lostutter.

Two Steubenville football players were convicted of rape.

Ma’Lik Richmond was sentenced to at least a year in the state juvenile detention system.

Trent Mays was sentenced to at least two years in juvenile detention.  He was also convicted of photographing the underage girl naked.

Melanie Jones of Demand Progress says Lostutter could face 10-25 years in prison if found guilty of computer crimes and that’s unfair.

“Because someone stepped up and said there is corruption in this case and rape culture is wrong, he was going to be made an example of,” said Jones. “Having a man step forward and say ‘rape is wrong’ and be punished for it is the worst lesson you could give any generation, certainly mine.”

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told 10TV on Monday that the protestors were respectful.

“But there is an investigation under way into a possible crime of computer hacking, so we really can’t say anything,” the spokesman said.

Three teen witnesses were granted immunity from prosecution by a judge to allow them to testify against the two players.

State prosecutors are still investigating whether coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it.

Lostutter says he did the right thing.

“Behind the mask, I’m a whole completely different dude than you expect some computer guy to be, so I can stare adversity in the face and come right at it,” said Lostutter.

The government could indict Lostutter on alleged felony violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Lostutter’s attorney on Monday asked the government to return his computer and dismiss the investigation.

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/06/24/columbus-petition-to-drop-case-of-man-who-exposed-steubenville-rape-headed-to-us-attorneys-office.html

 

Drop The Charges Against Deric Lostutter/ Ky Anonymous Rally in Columbus, Ohio Has Low Turnout

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10 people showed up to hear Deric Lostutter/ Aka KY Anonymous speak outside of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. It was very apparent that no one from #oprollredroll or those involved in Steubenville were in attendance. In fact, unless any of the 10 supporters who showed were anons and just were  unmasked for the day, it’s fair to say that no members of anonymous were present to support Ky as he spoke to his supporters and wanted to demand his charges be dropped. KY has not been charged with a crime in the 2 months since the FBI raid on his home, but his attorney’s are confident “He will be charged any day now.”

Ky is still facing heavy public scrutiny over raising over $53,500 for his legal defense for when  charges are filed against him. Ky wearing a white Knightsec tshirt available from his website, and wearing a guy fawkes mask on top of his head accompanied supporters inside the building to deliver a 200,000 signature petition to drop the possible pending charges against the 26-year-old rapper. Over the weekend another anon, @anonforecast claimed to have been raided by the FBI in connection with #oprollredroll In which this anon who had nothing to do with Steubenville was questioned about certain screen names from twitter and had his phone seized.

Ky Read a prepared statement from his phone, and the petition to the AG’s office was delivered. The rally lasted around 38 minutes which is a drastic switch from the #occupysteubenville rallies which would last 3-4 hours.

Further internet controversy occurred over the weekend when Ky Anonymous compared himself to recently deceased journalist Michael Hastings.

Where have all of Ky’s supporters gone?

http://mobilebroadcastnews.com/NewsRoom/Don-Carpenter/Drop-charges-against-Deric-Lostutter-Ky-Anonymous-Rally-Columbus-Ohio

Discuss Steubenville Healing With @AronCk2

Finally, someone is talking about dropping all the bullshit and turning this false narrative on both sides into something more positive.

I (like many) was skeptical about this show because let’s face it, AronCk hasn’t had the best reputation when it comes to the twitter battles. I’ve listened for 2 days now and I believe he’s trying hard to heal and bring everyone together.

It’s been 3 months since the trial of Malik Richmond and Trent Mays has ended, so all this trolling and insulting is just pointless. Trent and Malik will do their time, be released (as registered sex offenders) and Steubenville like other places thrust into the news will move on.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aronc2k/2013/06/21/steubenville-case

 

@Nunyaman The Leader Of Anonymous?

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http://mobilebroadcastnews.com/NewsRoom/Don-Carpenter/Held-Gunpoint-Sherrifs-Another-Day-Office

The day started out badly enough. I woke up in my hotel 1 hour after my flight had already departed. I quickly got my butt moving, checked out and took a subway into downtown Pittsburgh while trying to arrange a new flight. Since I had a ton of time to kill before my next flight, I hit the area of Pittsburgh where some of the homeless subjects I have been interviewing for an upcoming documentary were. 1 man was arrested last week, and I wanted to see if he was out yet to finish his segment. I noticed one of the bags of nonessential gear I left at his camp was open and had been gone thru resulting in the loss of 3 2way radios, a flashlight, and a computer mouse. The subject according to his camp mate was still in jail.

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