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2 Ohio Teen Football Players Found Guilty Of Rape [VIDEO]

Two Ohio high school football players who were found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl have been sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail.

Judge delivers sentence in Stuebensville, Ohio courtroom
Judge delivers sentence in Stuebensville, Ohio courtroom (WEWS TV)

Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond were found guilty Sunday of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August. Both made emotional apologies to the victim and to the community after the verdict was read. Richmond struggled at times to talk through his sobs.

The judge sentenced them both to at least one year in juvenile jail and said both can be held until they’re 21. Mays, who’s 17, was sentenced to an additional year in jail on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, to be served after his rape sentence is completed.

Both Mays and the 16-year-old Richmond have been ordered to avoid contact with the victim until they’re 21.

Ohio to consider charges against others in rape

Ohio’s attorney general says he’ll convene a grand jury to investigate whether other people should be charged in a rape of a teenage girl beyond two boys who were found guilty.

The case roiled the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the football team, a source of local pride.

Activist groups have questioned why people who knew about the rape weren’t charged under state law requiring people to report crimes.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Sunday “this community desperately needs to have this behind them but this community also desperately needs to know justice was done and that no stone was left unturned.”

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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