Steubenville, Ohio, rape case on new website
Authorities investigating rape accusations against two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, started a website on Saturday, an extraordinary step designed to combat the misperception “that the football team runs the city,” the city manager said.
A timeline of the case, beginning with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl at a party in August 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, are included.
Interest in the case ballooned last week when hacking collective Anonymous leaked a video of Steubenville high school athletes mocking the 16-year-old victim and making crude references to the alleged rape.
“It's disgusting. And I've had people calling, numerous people call here, upset,” Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla told ABC News. “It really is disgusting to watch that video.”
Anonymous has called for more arrests, but Steubenville police have said their hands are tied.
Occupy Steubenville, a grass-roots group, estimated that 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,” ABC quoted him as saying.
One aim of the Steubenville website, City Manager Cathy Davison said, is to combat the perception that the high school — home of the “Big Red” sports program — controls politics in a small city where special prosecutors and a visiting judge are handling the case because local authorities knew people involved with the football team.
“When people are saying that our police department did not follow procedure, that the football team runs the city, that is not the case,” Davison said. “They went by the book. Everything was handled in an above-board fashion to make sure that the case can benefit from the fullest extent of the law.”
Authorities investigated the case and charged two 16-year-old high school athletes in August.
The teenagers are scheduled to go on trial next month.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Coal’s worst fears affirmed in analysis of Obama climate plan
- Calif. farmers’ group will cut water use in historic deal
- Suspect in killings of wealthy D.C. family arrested
- Ex-Va. lawmaker plans to wed teen in sex scandal
- Senators push for full funding for Amtrak
- Suspect in killings of wealthy DC family arrested
- Skateboard used in attack, officer says of shooting in Olympia, Washington
- Former Virginia delegate Morrissey admits he had child with former receptionist
- Experts cited concerns with medical scope infections in ‘09
- NSA extension up to senators
- Santa Barbara oil spill rallies ‘green’ crusaders