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Selection of Grand Jury in Steubenville Case to Begin Next Week

Apr 11, 2013 |

Members of a grand jury will be selected the week of April 15 for the ongoing investigation into the Steubenville rape case.

Two weeks after the grand jury is selected, evidence will be presented to contribute to the investigation. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine seeks to advance the investigation by focusing specifically on the Steubenville football coaches and parents of the students who were involved in any parties the night the incident occurred.

The grand jury has been called upon by DeWine after Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl after a party that was fueled by alcohol in August 2012. The young girl was publicly and repeatedly sexually violated by her peers, some of whom documented the acts and placed it on social media.

Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility, while Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year. However, both Mays and Richmond could both be held until the age of 21.

Possible charges could result from the grand jury, according to DeWine, including failure to report a felony and tampering with evidence.