Just one day after two Ohio high school football players were found guilty of the rape of a 16-year-old girl, and the state's attorney general vowed to bring any other guilty parties to justice, two girls have been arrested for threats on social media.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday that two teenage girls have been arrested on charges of menacing after they threatened the victim at the center of the Steubenville rape case. The threats were made via Twitter and Facebook after the trial of Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond ended with both boys being sent to juvenile jail for at least one year for the rape.
"Let me be clear. Threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you," said DeWine.
Mays and Richmond were arrested after the girl's parents went to authorities alleging their daughter had been raped at an August 2012 party. The teens kidnapped the drunk girl by taking her to several parties while she was in an almost unconscious state. They carried her around for most of the night as their "personal rape toy," repeatedly sexually assaulting her.
Mays and Richmond made emotional apologies to the victim and to the community after the verdict was read in court Sunday . Richmond struggled at times to talk through his sobs. In addition to a sentence of at least one year in juvenile jail, the boys have been ordered to avoid contact with the victim until they turn 21.
Immediately following the verdict, DeWine vowed to convene a grand jury to investigate whether other party-goers should be charged in the case. "This community desperately needs to have this behind them but this community also desperately needs to know justice was done and that no stone was left unturned," said DeWine.
Soon after the verdict was read, the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation were alerted to online threats made by the two girls, ages 15 and 16. The 16-year-old is charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated menacing for threatening the life of the victim on Twitter. The 15-year-old is charged with one misdemeanor count of menacing for threatening bodily harm to the victim on Facebook.
The Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office is assisting in the case.