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Monday
Mar182013

Grand Jury Could Mean Additional Charges in Ohio Rape Case

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) -- Ohio attorney general Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that the state will be convening a grand jury to investigate whether there could be additional indictments or charges in the Steubenville rape case.

"A grand jury is an investigative tool that is uniquely suited to ensure fairness and to complete this investigation," DeWine said at a news conference after Sunday's verdict.  "And this community needs assurance that no stone has been left unturned in our search for the truth."

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, were both found delinquent -- the juvenile court equivalent of guilty -- on Sunday of the sexual assault of an intoxicated 16-year-old girl.

Both were sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail and could be held until they are 21 years old.  Mays was sentenced to an additional year for a charge related to distributing nude images of a minor.

Attorneys for both of the defendants said they plan to appeal.

"A prosecutor's most important duty is to seek justice.  I believe with these verdicts that justice has been done," DeWine said.  "However, this is not a happy time for anyone.  Every rape is a tragedy.  This is a tragedy."

DeWine said investigators identified 43 people who attended at least one of the two parties where the assaults took place.  Authorities interviewed 27 of those people, but the 16 others refused to cooperate for various reasons.

Additionally, the owners of one of the homes where one of the parties took place was interviewed as well as dozens of school officials.

The contents of 13 cellphones were analyzed, which amounted to 396,270 text messages, 308,586 photos, 940 videos, 3,188 phone calls and 16,422 contacts.

DeWine asked the Jefferson County Common Pleas Court to convene a grand jury to meet on or around April 15.  Evidence will be presented and DeWine said he expected that numerous witnesses will be called to testify.

The grand jury does not necessarily mean that there will be additional charges or indictments, but it is possible.

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Saturday
Mar162013

Steubenville Rape Accuser Told Friend She Couldn't Remember What Happened

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) -- A former friend of the alleged victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial took the stand Saturday morning, saying the 16-year-old girl originally told her she could not remember what happened the night of the alleged attack by two high school football players, but said she swore "we didn't have sex."

The witness, who ABC News has chosen not to identify because she is a minor, gave an account of what she remembered from the night of the alleged incident. She said she no longer speaks to the accuser.

The girl testified that when she went to the first party with the alleged victim and another friend, the three of them drank slushies with vodka in them. She also said she saw the accuser drink alcohol straight from a bottle twice at the party.

The girl said she "noticed she was very drunk" at the first party the two attended together with another friend.

"She was rolling around on the ground," she said.

She testified that she had seen the alleged victim drink like this before and that it was "not really" out of character for her.

The witness said she has known the alleged victim since preschool and would have considered her a best friend. She said that some people believe the accuser has a reputation of being a liar.

The girl testified she went down to the basement of the house in which the party was held because the main floor was too crowded, but said she went up every five minutes to check on the alleged victim. She said at one point she saw her close to one of the defendants, 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond.

"She was just like leaning on him, standing next to him, and talking to him," she said.

Prosecutors accuse Richmond and Trent Mays, 17, of using their fingers to vaginally penetrate the girl at an alcohol-fueled party in Steubenville on the night of Aug. 11, as other teenagers watched. Mays is also accused of later sending text messages that included photographs of the girl with her clothing removed and is charged with distributing nude images of a minor.

Brian Duncan, a lawyer representing Mays, said simply: "Trent Mays did not rape the young lady in question."

Richmond, in an exclusive interview recently with 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas, said, "I didn't rape anybody. I didn't witness a rape going on."

"And if I would have thought that somebody was being raped or anything like that, I would have stopped it," he said.

In her testimony Saturday, the witness said that by the end of the evening, the alleged victim was mean to her.

"She was like snapping at what I would say," the girl said. "If I would tell her to stop drinking, she would get mad at me."

The former friend said she tried to get the accuser to stay at the party, even holding on to her in protest, but "she kind of just swung her arm back and hit me."

"When I told her not to leave, she wouldn't listen to me," she said. "I was trying to get her to stay."

The witness said Richmond was standing by the alleged victim while this was happening, but did not say or do anything.

The next morning, the girl testified, she went to pick up the alleged victim from the house where she slept, and also gave Richmond and Mays a ride.

She said neither the accuser nor the defendants seemed upset in the car.

Once the football players left the car, she testified that she yelled at the girl because she was upset with "her actions from the night before."

Both the prosecution and the defense jousted in court during the girl's testimony this morning in attempts to paint a clearer picture of the alleged victim's character.

Walter Madison, the lawyer representing Richmond, repeatedly asked the witness on the stand whether listening to her police statement again would refresh her memory of that evening. He made a motion to Judge Thomas Lipps to play a portion of her interview in court, which was denied.

But when she was cross examined by Mays' attorney and could not answer a question that referred to her police interview, the judge said he would permit the girl to listen to the audio recording when the court recessed for a one-hour break.

Saturday's testimony picked up following a late court session that went past 10:30 p.m. Friday evening. The court recessed after the examination of J.P. Rigaud, who was the lead detective on the case with the Steubenville Police Department, was complete.

Rigaud testified Friday that in collecting cell phones for evidence, he uncovered three pictures of the alleged victim. One of photos shows the alleged victim being held by Richmond and Mays by her arms and legs and appearing unconscious. It was taken by 18-year-old Cody Saltsman, posted to Instagram and widely disseminated. Saltsman was not implicated in the alleged sexual assault and has not been charged with any crime.

Richmond told ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas that the alleged victim was joking around in Saltsman's picture.

But the other two photos, which were not posted publicly, came from Mays' phone.

In one of the pictures, the alleged victim is seen lying face down, and another hand is seen in the photo.

When asked about the hand in the photo, Rigaud testified "it was darker."

Rigaud also gave an account of his initial interview with the alleged victim in which she describes herself on the night of the incident saying she was "not sober, but was OK."

When Rigaud was cross examined by Madison, he asked him why he did not collect a DNA sample from 18-year-old Evan Westlake, who was present in all three locations that evening.

Westlake had not been interviewed by authorities until October, prior to the probable cause hearing. While Rigaud said he had spoken with the teen's attorney, ultimately, he was unable to get a sample from him.

Under pressure from Madison, Rigaud said that while he could have gotten a search warrant, he did not pursue Westlake further.

If convicted, Richmond and Mays could serve prison time until they turn 21.

The case drew further attention when some outside the small rustbelt town accused local officials of willfully protecting the football players, who they say are seen as hometown heroes.

 

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Friday
Mar152013

Steubenville Accuser: 'They Were Taking Advantage of Me'

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) -- A 16-year-old West Virginia girl allegedly raped by two high school football players emailed one of her accused attackers the day after a long night of partying to ask why he "would let that happen" and why "would you take my clothes off in front of everyone?"

That email was one of more than 100 electronic messages police recovered from the mobile phones of 16 different teenagers who attended a party with the alleged victim and the two Steubenville, Ohio, students accused of sexually assaulting her.

Prosecutors accuse Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, of using their fingers to vaginally penetrate the girl at an alcohol-fueled party in Steubenville on the night of Aug. 11, as other teenagers watched.  Mays is also accused of later sending text messages that included photographs of the girl with her clothing removed and charged with distributing nude images of a minor.

Three of those teenage eyewitnesses are expected to appear in court Friday, the third day of testimony in a case that has drawn international attention.

Two of the boys slated to testify on Friday are believed to have photographed the incident, but no charges have been brought against them.  Their testimony could be critical because the alleged victim says she remembers nothing of the incident.

Friday's testimony follows a dramatic day in court on Thursday, in which a forensic computer expert for the state introduced many of the often graphic messages sent from the alleged victim and the defendants in the hours after the party.

Most of the messages were between Mays and friends, in which the football player gives differing accounts of what took place at the party and how much sexual contact he had with the alleged victim.

In one instance, he claims to have had sex with the alleged victim, in other incidences he says the girl masturbated him and in others he says he digitally penetrated the girl.

In a series of texts between the alleged victim and friends, she pleads for information about what took place.

"Swear to God I don't remember doing anything with them," she texted a friend.  "Wait I think I was drugged.  I have no memory from after I left" the party, she texted one boy.

"I wasn't being a slut.  They were taking advantage of me," she wrote.

Defense attorneys say a toxicology report performed a day later showed no signs of drugs.

After learning about some of the alleged incidents at the party, the girl emails Mays.

"Why the f--- would you let that happen.  Seriously, you have no f---ing respect.  People are telling me so much s--t, why the f--- would you take my clothes off in front of everyone.  You shouldn't have let that happen," she wrote.

If convicted, Mays and Richmond could serve prison time until they turn 21.

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Wednesday
Mar132013

ABC News Exclusive: Steubenville Rape Suspect Opens Up

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Ma'lik Richmond, a high school sophomore football player in Steubenville, Ohio, is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl from across the Ohio River in West Virginia while at a party with several other teenage boys.

The case has created a firestorm in the small football-obsessed city stoked by allegations that officials protected Steubenville football players at the expense of the alleged victim.  Residents there follow the storied Big Red high school football team religiously.  It is a program that Richmond, 16, had dreamed of joining and, on the night of Aug. 11, 2012, he relished the role he played in their first scrimmage win.

"I had two touchdowns and the fans were screaming and cheering," Richmond told ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas in an exclusive interview with 20/20 given a little more than a week before his trial, which begins on Wednesday.  "I was just thinking, 'I just can't wait for the season to start.'"

It's no surprise that he was in a celebratory mood.  But even Richmond admits that some of what happened at the parties he and several of his teammates attended that night crossed the line.

"I knew one person had a fake I.D.," Richmond said.  "People had Bud Light Platinum, and different variety of beers and vodka.  Everybody was drinking."

But, Richmond insists, that was the only crime committed that night.

Prosecutors will argue that the young girl who was allegedly raped was intoxicated and beyond the point of consent when Richmond and teammate Trent Mays, 17, allegedly used their hands to penetrate her vaginally.  In Ohio, as in many states, that constitutes the crime of rape.

"The state doesn't have to prove that she was flat-lined, but it's clear during both of these digital penetrations she was not in the state to consent," Prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter said at a probable cause hearing in October.

The alleged victim's civil attorney also insists it would have been impossible for his client to consent that night.

"My client was unconscious that night.  She doesn't have any memory of what happened," Bob Fitzsimmons told 20/20.

ABC News does not name the victims of alleged sexual assaults.

Richmond says he was stunned to get a text from a friend three days after the party saying that one of the girls present that night had accused him of rape.

"I just texted him, like, 'What are you talking about?  Stop playing with me,'" he said.

Watch the full story on ABC's 20/20 Friday, March 22, at 10 p.m. ET.

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Sunday
Mar102013

Football Players Charged in Steubenville Rape Case to Face Trial this Week

GETTY(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) -- The two teenage football players charged with raping a passed out 16-year-old girl in the small town of Steubenville, Ohio in August are scheduled to go on trial this week.

The two football players, 16 and 17-years old, have both plead not guilty to the charges.

The case has gained national attention because three other high school students, two of them also football players for Steubenville High School's beloved "Big Red" football team, took photographs and video of the attack, which were released by the Internet group Anonymous.

There is widespread outrage that the three students who filmed the incident are not facing any charges themselves. Police say there is nothing they can do legally.

A few days after the video's release, allegedly made by a student that appeared to show him joking about the attack only hours after it had happened, an estimated 1,300 protestors showed up at Jefferson County Courthouse to rally in support of the victim and call for additional charges against the teenagers who were witness to the alleged attack.

"Charge them all," protesters chanted.

Town officials are have taken defensive action, having been subject to intense scrutiny and accused of covering up the crime. In January they launched Steubenville Facts, a website designed purely to combat perceived rumors about the case.

With the trial scheduled to start this week and after a judge refused to change the trial location, officials are again prepping for the glare of the media spotlight to descend on the town.

In a press conference last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the lead persecutor on the case, told reporters that additional charges may be brought against the other teenagers after this trial concludes. He estimated the case would last between three to four days.

"The worst thing about the crime in Steubenville, and it was a crime, was not that it was so ugly and horrible and disgusting, but that it was ordinary," Jacqueline Hillyer of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization of Women said at a protest. "It happens all the time across the state, across the country in high schools and people don't intervene."

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Saturday
Mar022013

Former Montana Quarterback Jordan Johnson Acquitted of Rape Charges

ABC News(MISSOULA, Mo.) -- Former University of Montana star quarterback Jordan Johnson hopes to return to the sport he loves after being acquitted of sexual assault charges, the football player's family said on Saturday.

"I think he plans on staying here and playing football. That's why he came. You know, so I'm hoping things get back to normal real quick," Johnson's uncle, Lane Johnson, told ABC's Good Morning America.

Johnson was suspended and eventually kicked off the team as the case progressed, but school officials said he can now appeal to be reinstated.

Despite the prosecutions' attempts to prove Johnson, 20, of Eugene, Ore., had raped a classmate and former acquaintance last February after she invited him over to watch a movie, evidence showed Johnson had consensual sex with the 21-year-old alleged victim.

Prosecutors said a medical exam revealed bruises on the accuser's body, and even played a recording of Johnson's unnamed victim alleging she was a victim of sexual assault after her night with Johnson.

"He just started pulling my body into his just again and again and again," she is heard saying. "It hurt so bad."

But the defense countered her claim with text messages the alleged victim sent to a friend, writing "I don't think he did anything wrong."

 

"We had consensual sex and I would never do that to anyone," Johnson testified on Thursday.

If Jordan wants to return to the Grizzlies, he would have to appeal, and school officials said the athletic conduct team would make the final ruling.

"Jordan will need to indicate that that's his desire, to return to the team," Montana University President Royce Engstrom told the Billings Gazette. "Then the athletic conduct team will listen to that and make a decision. And we'll attend to that as quickly as we can, if that's what Jordan wishes."

The case unfolded amid broad federal scrutiny of the Missoula Police Department, Missoula County District Attorney's Office and University of Montana's handling of sexual assault cases.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced in May a probe into the number of reports of sexual assaults in Missoula. During a three-year period, there were 80 reports of sexual assaults, of which 11 were at the university.

According to the DOJ, the purpose of its investigation was to determine whether the university and law enforcement agencies acted properly, adequately and fairly to protect the safety of women.

The school announced in May the NCAA had been investigating its athletic programs for undisclosed reasons.

The U.S. Department of Education, which also was looking into reports of harassment and assault allegations on campus, said last month that it had closed its discrimination complaint because the allegations were being addressed by the Department of Justice investigation.

Police and university officials have been eager to cooperate with the investigations, but Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenberg opposed the investigations when they were launched last year when he denied any mishandling of sexual assault reports.

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Thursday
Feb282013

Star Montana Quarterback Takes the Stand, Denies Rape Allegations

Hemera/Thinkstock(MISSOULA, Mont.) -- Jordan Johnson, the former star quarterback at the University of Montana, is accused of raping a classmate and former acquaintance. Taking the stand on Wednesday, he insisted he is not guilty. It's being called a classic case of "he-said-she-said."

The incident happened last February, but the 21-year-old alleged victim, whose name is not being reported, didn't tell authorities until more than a month after the night of the incident.

The accuser told authorities that the two had spent time together before the incident but were still getting to know each other. According to her affidavit, she sent a text message to a friend shortly after the incident, saying, "Omg, I think I might have just gotten raped ... he kept pushing and pushing and I said no but he wouldn't listen."

Johnson said she invited him to watch a movie in her room and ultimately picked him up. Johnson testified that he had consumed four or five beers at the time and didn't want to drive.

The prosecution argued that shortly after Johnson arrived in her room, things got ugly, that Johnson positioned himself on top of the alleged victim and became aggressive.

The next day, according to court documents, she went to the University of Montana Student Assault Resource Center and had a medical exam, where the prosecution said bruises were discovered.

Johnson is charged with sexual intercourse without consent -- a felony with a maximum sentence of 100 years in prison. While defendants are not required to testify in a criminal trial, Johnson told jurors Wednesday that he wants people to know what happened.

The defense described the victim as a spurned woman who was jealous of a relationship Johnson was having with another woman he recently started seeing. They pointed to the alleged victim's conflicting text messages to support their argument. In one text to a friend, the alleged victim wrote, "I don't think he did anything wrong."

Rape is said to be the most common violent crime on American college campuses today. In nearly 90 percent of those cases the rape is by an acquaintance, not a stranger.

Due to Johnson’s high profile and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and the NCAA, the case has made national headlines, with some calling it "trial by Twitter" due to the immense media attention.

The jury can decide the case as early as Friday.

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Wednesday
Feb272013

UNC Student Risks Expulsion by Going Public with Alleged Rape

Katie Sweeney/The Daily Tar Heel(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- A University of North Carolina sophomore who accused a fellow student of rape says she's facing possible expulsion because a student-government group claims she might have violated the college's honor code by displaying "disruptive or intimidating behavior" toward her alleged rapist.

"The more I found out about what the actual charge was, I just realized that this is ridiculous," Landen Gambill told ABC affiliate WTVD-TV. "I never mentioned his [the alleged rapist] name publicly. All I've done is talk about the university's mistreatment of survivors."

Gambill says she received a letter from a "graduate student attorney general" after she, along with three other students and a former UNC assistant dean of students, filed a complaint in January with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The complaint alleges that UNC-Chapel Hill did not assist students in recovery after they were victims of sexual assaults and routinely violated their rights.

Gambill filed a sexual-assault charge against her ex-boyfriend in the spring of 2012 via the school's internal proceedings in its "Honor Court." He was found not guilty, she told the school's paper, The Daily Tarheel.

She apparently sought relief through the school rather than filing a police report. Gambill has not responded to ABC News' requests for comment.

Gambill said she received a notice via email Friday from the Honor Court charging her with an Honor Code violation for "disruptive or intimidating behavior" toward her alleged rapist. A guilty verdict in UNC Honor Court could lead to anything from a grade penalty to expulsion.

"Last week, I found out that rather than addressing the injustices survivors have suffered at the hands of the University or committee to ensure that no other survivors go through these things again, certain administrators have decided to continue their retaliation against me…" Gambill announced in a Facebook post.

Gambill said she was told in a preliminary Honor Court meeting by a representative that she might have violated the school's honor code by simply saying that she was raped.

"I asked the graduate student attorney general whether I could have violated the Honor Code by saying I was raped. She replied, 'Yes,' Gambill told WTVD.

UNC's undergraduate Honor Court is composed of undergraduate students from all backgrounds and majors, according to the school's website. The court reviews allegations of misconduct to determine whether the school's honor code has been violated.

The school has denied unfairly targeting Gambill. Karen Moon, a spokeswoman for UNC, said the school is unable to discuss the specifics of an Honor Court case or any allegations involving students, but points out that the charging decisions are made by the appointed student attorney generals, and not by campus administrators.

Therefore, the school says, a claim of "retaliation" is "without merit."

In an email sent to ABC News, Moon also says a faculty advisory committee is available to the student attorney generals "for consultation in difficult cases."

UNC developed a new process for responding to sexual assault complaints in August. They are no longer addressed by the Honor Court system.

The school points out that it has retained a top lawyer who deals with sexual misconduct issues, who has been on campus in the past few weeks to "guide an open and transparent conversation about how the issue of sexual assault affects the campus and culture that is focusing on education and engagement," according to Moon's written statement.

It's unclear whether the policy change resulted from Gambill's case.

Gambill told The Daily Tarheel that she plans to respond to the charges with a claim of not guilty.

"This is way bigger than me. I'm just one example of many," she said. "I know there are many other people whose voices deserve to be heard."

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Friday
Feb082013

Jordan Johnson Trial: Former University of Montana QB Faces Rape Charge

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MISSOULA, Mont.) -- Jordan Johnson, a former star quarterback for the University of Montana Grizzlies, will Friday face charges that he sexually assaulted a female classmate.

Certain facts will not be in dispute at the trial, which starts Friday with jury selection. Johnson, 20, and his alleged victim agree they flirted at a party in February 2012, and that she was interested in him. He sent her a text message, she picked him up in her car the following night and brought him back to her house, where they began to kiss.

What happened next, however, is fiercely disputed. Johnson says they had consensual sex, but his accuser said "no" and resisted his advances, according to court documents. Afterward, she reportedly sent a text to a friend in which she wrote: "I think i might have just gotten raped. ...I said no but he wouldn't listen..."

In a different text, however, the woman also wrote: "I don't think he did anything wrong."

A month and a half after the encounter, she filed charges against Johnson. He denies any allegations of wrongdoing.

The case has unfolded amid broad federal scrutiny of the Missoula Police Department, Missoula County District Attorney's Office and University of Montana's handling of sexual assault cases.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced in May a probe into the number of reports of sexual assaults in Missoula. During a three-year period, there were 80 reports of sexual assaults, of which 11 were at the university.

According to the DOJ, the purpose of its investigation was to determine whether the university and law enforcement agencies acted properly, adequately and fairly to protect the safety of women.

The school announced in May the NCAA had been investigating its athletic programs for undisclosed reasons.

The U.S. Department of Education, which also was looking into reports of harassment and assault allegations on campus, said Wednesday that it had closed its discrimination complaint because the allegations were being addressed by the Department of Justice investigation.

Police and university officials have been eager to cooperate with the investigations, but Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenberg opposed the investigations when they were launched last year when he denied any mishandling of sexual assault reports.

The allegations have hurt the University of Montana's athletic program. In a statement to ABC News, the university said it takes its students' safety seriously and is participating and cooperating with the investigating agencies.

The university also fired the Grizzlies' head coach and suspended Johnson indefinitely.

Johnson is facing up to 100 years in prison if he's convicted. Another former member of the Grizzles has also been prosecuted for rape.

Beau Donaldson, who was a running back, pleaded guilty to raping an acquaintance in September 2010. He was sentenced in January to 10 years in prison.

Read the full statement from the University of Montana:

The University of Montana has been clear all along that we are participating and cooperating with the investigating agencies. UM takes the safety of our students very seriously. We work continuously -- and we've been doing more in the past year -- to affirm a safe campus for everyone.

This past year, we have focused on reviewing and strengthening the policies that govern how we interact with each other and our procedures for ensuring our codes of conduct are upheld; and we've worked to make sure training and education about sexual assault is in place for students and for faculty, staff and administrators.

We are proud of the tremendous work done across campus to maintain a safe learning and living environment. Recent accomplishments include implementing a campus-wide education program -- an online, mandatory tutorial called PETSA (Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness), adding another security officer on campus, and working collaboratively with the city of Missoula to address public safety concerns and other neighborhood issues.


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Saturday
Jan052013

Steubenville Officials, Under Scrutiny, Launch Website Regarding Alleged Teen Gang Rape

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) -- As Steubenville, Ohio, prepares for the high-profile rape trial of two high school football players, officials, battling allegations of a cover-up, announced the creation of a new website on Saturday to debunk rumors and create what they said would be a transparent resource for the community.

"This site is not designed to be a forum for how the Juvenile Court ought to rule in this matter," the website, called Steubenville Facts, said.

A timeline of the case, beginning with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl at a party on Aug. 11-12, 2012, is posted on the site. Summaries of Ohio law relating to the case and facts about the local police force including statistics on how many graduated from Steubenville schools, is included.

The case gained national attention last week when hacking collective Anonymous leaked a video of Steubenville high school athletes mocking the 16-year-old female victim and making crude references to the alleged rape.

Anonymous has called for more arrests, however Steubenville Police have said their hands are tied.

"Steubenville Police investigators are caring humans who recoil and are repulsed by many of the things they observe during an investigation," the website said, addressing the video. "Like detectives in every part of America and the world, they are often frustrated when they emotionally want to hold people accountable for certain detestable behavior but realize that there is no statute that allows a criminal charge to be made."

Occupy Steubenville, a grassroots group, estimated 1,300 people attended a rally on Saturday outside the Jefferson County Courthouse, where rape victims and their loved ones gathered to share their stories.

The father of a teenage rape victim was met with applause when he shared his outrage.

"I've tried to show my girl that not all men are like this, but only a despicable few," he said. "And their mothers that ignore the truth that they gave birth to a monster."

Authorities investigated the case and charged two Steubenville high school athletes on Aug. 22, 2012.

The teenagers face trial on Feb. 13, 2013 in juvenile court before a visiting judge.

Attorneys for the boys have denied charges in court.

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