March 18, 2013

Ohio judge sentences teenagers for rape

Now a grand jury will look into charges against others who received videos and texts but didn’t tell police.

By TINA SUSMAN Los Angeles Times

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Defense attorney Walter Madison, right, holds his client, 16-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond, second from right, while defense attorney Adam Nemann, left, sits with his client Trent Mays, foreground, 17, in Steubenville, Ohio, on Sunday, as Juvenile Court Judge Thomas Lipps pronounces them both guilty of raping a drunken classmate.

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Joann Gibb, an agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation who was responsible for examining students' cellphones and retrieving data from them, testified that Mays texted a friend and told him that Saccoccia "took care of it." "Like he was joking about it so I'm not worried," Mays added.

Other messages Mays sent from his phone indicated an attempt to craft a story of what had occurred as pictures, tweets and videos from the night circulated online.

"Just say she came to your house and passed out," he wrote to one friend whose home was where the girl ended up, naked and motionless on the floor with both defendants performing sexual acts on her.

Two witnesses, friends of the defendants, said they saw both defendants sexually assault the girl and used their cellphones to capture images of it. They were among three eyewitnesses granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying, a decision that angered victims' advocates, who said witnesses should have been charged with failing to report a crime.

The girl, who lives a few miles away in Weirton, W.Va., was described as becoming extremely intoxicated very quickly as she downed vodka drinks.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report


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