Steubenville Rape Case Prosecutors Talk, More Charges Filed
Prosecutors are tired and spent after spending the last five days presenting the Steubenville rape case in court.
They are still fired up about the facts of this case, adding that they have always known the two teens were guilty. And they say they are, by no means, sorry.
As special prosecutor Marianne Hemmeter addressed the court regarding punishment for 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond the two began to sob uncontrollably.
Hemmeter said she didn't believe it for one minute.
"A little too little, a little to late crocodile tears. Those text messages that we found volumes as to what they really thought," said Hemmeter.
Tens of thousand of text messages, special prosecutor Brian Deckert said, pieced together what happened that night back in August.
"Once we started collecting evidence and the excellent efforts of the BCI agents, we just pulled it all together, and it was really a mountain of evidence," said Deckert.
Hemmeter said from every account, the victim was interested in Mays and she said that trust was exploited to try and cover up the rape.
"Yeah Trent Mays, manipulative sociopath. He put unbelievable amounts of pressure on our victim. 'You know what happened, you know what happened, you know this didn't happen. Tell your parents, if this goes forward it's only going to get worse; I love you.' That kind of manipulation is tough for a grown woman much less a 16-year-old girl who was still trying to piece together what had happened to her," said Hemmeter.
Hemmeter said eye witness testimony from three teenage boys was crucial to proving the case.
But details of their testimony angered many, especially when testimony revealed that one of the teens admitted to videotaping Mays performing a sex act on the 16-year-old girl.
Hemmeter said it was a hard decision to ask the court to give them immunity, but given the facts of the case, it was the only choice they had.
"We had to call those boys otherwise we don't prove a rape case and why go after anyone for failure to report, or why go down the road of holding other people accountable, if we don't get the rapists," said Hemmeter.
On Monday, a 15-year-old and 16-year-old girl were arrested on charges of making threats against the victim via Twitter.
The Jefferson County sheriff told CNN that one girl threatened to beat the victim while another threatened to kill her.
Both girls are being held in juvenile detention.
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