Further charges possible after US rape convictions


AP

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The ordeal of an Ohio community roiled by allegations of rape against two high school football players is far from over, despite the teens’ conviction of the crime and their sentence to juvenile prison terms. The state’s top prosecutor said he would consider charges against anyone who failed to speak up after the attack last summer.

Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl, and Attorney General Mike DeWine said he is investigating whether coaches, parents and other students broke the law, too.

Mays and Richmond were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison in a case that has rocked this Midwestern city of 18,000 and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the Steubenville High team, which has won nine state football championships. Mays was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the underage girl naked.

They can be held until they turn 21.