Search Warrants Executed At Steubenville Board Of Education Building, High School In Connection With Rape Investigation


UPDATED: Thursday April 25, 2013 11:48 PM

Five weeks after the convictions of two Steubenville High School football players in the rape of a 16 year old girl, the investigation is far from over.  

Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed search warrants Thursday at three locations, including Steubenville High School.

Ohio's Attorney General Mike Dewine told 10tv's Glenn McEntyre he's looking for evidence of any other crimes that may have been committed in connection with this disturbing case.

BCI agents wheeled carts of evidence out of Steubenville High School. Some in bags, some in boxes, and some on servers loaded into vans. The agents were operating under the direction of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

"This is part of our ongoing investigation into what happened in Steubenville," said DeWine. "We're trying to get to the bottom of everything."
      
DeWine says the prosecution of now-convicted rapists Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays was only the first phase of this investigation.

"We are now into- well into- phase two, where we are looking to see, did anyone else commit a crime? Did anyone else do anything that would constitute a crime under Ohio law?"

And this time, he said, the focus is much broader.

"It could include a failure to report a felony, it could include obstruction of justice, it could include... any supplying juveniles with alcohol. There are all kinds of possibilities," said DeWine.

Search warrants were also executed at the offices of the Steubenville Board of Education, and a company called Vestige Limited in Medina County, which advertises itself as experts in electronic evidence.

The Attorney General wouldn't comment on its connection to the case, but said he is committed to seeing this through.

"Our job is to get to the bottom of this, to get all the facts out, so that everyone in the community feels that justice has been done, that the truth has come out."
      
DeWine says a Grand Jury made up of residents in Jefferson County will begin hearing evidence next week.

He says it could take weeks before all the evidence is heard and a conclusion on additional charges is reached.
     
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