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Teens found guilty in Steubenville rape case

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  • Trent Mays, Ma'lik Richmond were accused of raping 16-year-old
  • Accuser took the stand on Saturday, saying she hardly remembers what happened that night because she was drunk
Teens found guilty in Steubenville rape case

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A judge found two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl during a night of partying last summer.

On Sunday, Judge Thomas Lipps decided the verdict without a jury in the case of 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond. Mays and Richmond now face the possibility of being jailed in a juvenile facility until they turn 21 years old.

The verdict comes after four days of evidence and testimony from 28 witnesses -- including the alleged rape victim. On Saturday, she broke down on the stand as lawyers showed her a picture of herself — naked and laying on a floor. She says she hardly remembers anything from that night because she was so drunk.

Prosecutors said Richmond and Mays sexually assaulted the alleged victim with their fingers, an act that constitutes rape under Ohio law if it is not consensual.

Three teens, who are all self-described friends of the co-defendants, testified that they saw the two engage in sexual contact with the girl. The three teens were granted immunity from prosecution for their testimony.

Attorneys for both Mays and Richmond said their clients were not guilty of the charges. During closing statements on Saturday, attorneys for the pair questioned the alleged victim's credibility and argued the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mays and Richmond were not the only two anxiously awaiting the judge's decision. The Steubenville case has garnered national exposure, putting the small Ohio town in a controversial spotlight. Video of some of the alleged abuse made the rounds on the Internet and the hacker group "Anonymous" posted some of those disturbing texts, photos and videos online. There were also accusations of a cover-up by Steubenville leaders and police.

 


 

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