Ohio AG: 2-Week Delay For Rape Grand Jury's Work

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 04/11/2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's attorney general says a grand jury investigating possible additional charges in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last summer won't hear from witnesses for about two weeks after it is convened Monday.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the delay relates to his office's continuing evaluation of evidence.

DeWine says the decision was made to get the seating of the grand jury out of the way first.

A judge last month convicted two Steubenville high school football players of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party in August.

DeWine said Thursday the grand jury will explore whether other laws were violated and could result in more charges or none at all.

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UPDATE: 03/26/2013 4:55 PM

A petition has emerged on change.org calling for Steubenville City School Administrators, specifically Superintendent Mike NcVey, to fire Big Red head coach Reno Saccocia.

The petition was started March 20th and already has around 40,000 signatures.

It only needs about 10,000 more to reach its goal of 50,000.

The school superintendent says no action will be taken by the district until the grand jury has completed its investigation.

The key to the petition, according to the page, is text messages that were brought forward in court that alleged the coach would take care of things if it went to court.

Residents said others have a right to start the petition, but many agree with the school's stance to wait for a decision until after April's grand jury.

Two Ohio high school football players were found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl at an alcohol-fueled party last August.

Steubenville High School students, 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'Lik Richmond have been sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail.

The case divided the small town and stirred reactions from activists online.

The judge said both students can be held in the juvenile facility until they're 21. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material. It will be served to him after the rape sentence is completed.

Both Mays and Richmond are ordered to have no contact with the victim until they're 21.

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