Steubenville Rape Trial Verdict: Guilty

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A judge announced Sunday morning that the defendants, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, have been found guilty of rape. The two were accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 16-year-old, an action that was recorded on a cell phone, at a high school party in August, 2012. The boys will serve their sentence at a juvenile detention facility.

The victim testified in court on Saturday that she could not remember the attack and waking up naked in a house she did not recognize. Her earrings, shoes, cell phone, and underwear were missing. It was after she read text messages among friends and saw a video that made fun of her and the alleged attack that she realized she was sexually assaulted. Two of her former friends that were with her at the party took the stand last week, describing how much she drank and how intoxicated she was. Other witnesses noticed how she had trouble walking and was puking.

Three of the witnesses were boys that witnessed the sexual assault, but didn’t try to stop it or report it, yet they were not charged. This fueled rumors that the town was covering up members of its beloved football team. One of the boys actually recorded the assault, deleting it the morning after. Ohio’s attorney general plan to announce later Sunday whether additional charges will be brought in the case. One of the defendants asked his friend to cover for him, proof that he knew what he was doing was wrong. Visiting Judge Thomas Lipps announced the verdict 10 a.m. Eastern time. After the verdict was read, the defendants and their family members openly wept at the verdict.

Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility and Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year. The Department of Youth services will rule whether the two boys will be detained longer, depending on their behavior and rehabilitation. At the most, they would could be in the juvenile correctional facility until they are 21. They will also be credited for the time they had served before the trial.

So for raping a girl, they could ONLY be serving 1-2 years in a Juvenile facility.

Sexual Assault Facts:

  • A woman in the United States is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes.
  • 25% of women and 10% of men are sexually assaulted in their life time.
  • 30% of all sexual assaults occur when the perpetrator is under the influence of alcohol. 
  • 80-90% of acquaintance rape involves alcohol.
  • Girls ages 16-19 years-old are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape.

 

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