Two Ohio high school football players were found guilty Sunday of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl during a night of partying. The case attracted national attention after social media posts, video and photos of the events surrounding the crime circulated on the internet.
The two Steubenville High School students wept as the judge read the verdict. They were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile jail. One was sentenced to an additional year in detention on charges of illegal use of a minor in "nudity-oriented material," according to the Associated Press. The ruling means both teens could be in detention until age 21.
Ohio's Attorney General pledged to look into allegations that more students should have been charged. Controversy rocked the town as some alleged that three other boys, two of them also members of the celebrated local football team, "recorded" the incident rather than try to stop it, the AP said. Critics questioned whether more football players should have been charged. The three teens, who were granted immunity to testify, helped incriminate the defendants, the AP reports.
Prosecutors attempted to show the girl was too drunk to give consent. Defense attorneys tried to prove she knew what she was doing even though she was indisputably intoxicated, the AP said.
Via Associated Press