The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is investigating a second rape case that allegedly took place in April of 2012, involving a 14-year-old girl in Steubenville. Now, I know the good residents of Steubenville have claimed that the other alleged gang rape case involving a 16-year-old victim is an isolated incident, and that the kids of Steubenville are good kids who don’t engage in underage drinking or sexual assault, but because of new information regarding this case, I think maybe the parents of Steubenville are pretty deluded when it comes to what their teenagers are doing. From WTOV9.com:
A spokesperson for Attorney General Mike DeWine said the allegation in the second report dates back to April 2012 and no one has been charged.
Neither the attorney general’s office nor Steubenville police are commenting on the details of the allegation, including if it involves teens or has any link to another case in which two 16-year-old Steubenville High School football players have been charged.
And this additional information from The Daily Mail:
Approached by MailOnline the family of this latest ‘victim’ declined to comment. Her step-father explained: ‘We’ve been advised by our lawyer not to say anything.’ He agreed that, ‘anything involving Big Red football players is hot right now,’ adding ‘that’s the problem.’
The girl is being advised by Bob Fitzsimmons, attorney for the 16-year-old girl at the centre of the Ohio rape case currently.
Her story appears to bear troubling similarities to the case currently scandalizing America in which the victim was allegedly raped while unconscious as others looked on, filmed and photographed events.
MailOnline has been told that the alleged incident took place at a Prom party at a Steubenville High School student’s home where alcohol was being consumed.
When questioned about a complaint ‘strikingly similar to the current rape case,’ Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla confirmed: ‘That particular case, the mother brought her daughter in to tell us about something that allegedly happened in the City of Steubenville. So we sent them to the City of Steubenville police.’
When pressed as to whether or not any paperwork existed relating to the case the Sheriff said: ‘We may have a report that she came in but we wouldn’t have started any investigation because it wasn’t our investigation to start.’
He said: ‘The last I heard the girl had recanted and said it was consensual.’
In fact mother and daughter went to the City Police Department and the girl, who was 14 at the time of the alleged incident, in early September. The girl went onto provide a video statement.
The city’s police chief William McCafferty said: ‘We handed this over to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau for Criminal Investigations (BCI).’
Nor is it known whether the details of this investigation will have any bearing on their February trial.
A Twitter use by the name of @Stormcat9 has uncovered a collection of tweets from the time that the alleged incident involving the 14-year-old took place.The software she used to look up the tweets doesn’t include timestamps, and due to the time it took her to compile the information, you will see some stamped with nine months and some with 10 months. If you were to look them all up at the same time they would all say the same number. Stormcat has forwarded all of this information, including Twitter screen names and other relevant information to the authorities investigating this case. I have deleted all Twitter handles and identifying images from the following tweets, even though they were all posted publicly. She has screenshots of tweets made by the alleged victim, but I have chosen not to include those due to the fact she is a minor. Stormcat did state that what she was able to ascertain from the messages posted from the victim and her peers is that :
The 14-year-old victim in this case planned to attend a party and she knew there would be boys and alcohol present. Things escalated out of hand very quickly. A tweet posted before the party stated that she was being dropped off at a friend’s house by her mother, who told her daughter “If you are going to tap it, wrap it.” After the incident, the girl expressed dismay on Twitter over what happened, and asked that people don’t judge her because it could have been them. At first, the alleged victim’s friends defended and stood up for her, but then turned their backs. A resulting hashtag includes the victim’s name and the phrase #TeamWeHate___ resulted. A few weeks later the alleged victim had “made up” with some of her friends.
And then tweets from a short time after:
For those of you unfamiliar with the term “run train” it means “to call your friends to preform various unforgivable acts of a sexual nature on one female in rapid succession.”
So even though no one but the alleged victims and witnesses can say for sure what went on at this party, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the teens of Steubenville aren’t exactly as innocent and lovely as their parents claim they are. I’m not positive whether this case has been dropped fully or if it’s no longer being investigated, but I do know that I disagree with Sheriff Abdalla’s statement that a 14-year-old drunk girl is capable of giving consent.