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Ohio Rape Case: Teen Girls 'Threaten' Victim
Two girls have been arrested for allegedly threatening an Ohio rape victim in the aftermath of a trial that convicted her two attackers.
The teenagers are being held for allegedly making threats against the 16-year-old victim via Facebook and Twitter on Sunday.
It happened on the day two Steubenville High School football players were convicted of rape.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the girls are being held in a juvenile detention facility on allegations of aggravated menacing following an investigation by state and local police.
Mr DeWine said he hoped that the arrests would end harassment of the victim.
Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, broke down in court on Sunday when they were found guilty of raping the girl during and after an alcohol-fuelled party in August.
The case was made notorious when a video of boys laughing about the assault on the drunk girl went viral.
In one video, high school boys laughed about watching the rape, saying the girl "deserved to be peed on".
Other videos and photos showed Mays and Richmond lifting the unconscious and nearly naked victim by her hands and feet.
Mr DeWine said a grand jury will investigate whether additional charges should be brought against others for failing to speak up after the attack.
Other students, the school's headteacher, coaches and parents could potentially have broken the law, he said.
The crime shocked many in Steubenville because of the seeming callousness with which other students took out their mobile phones to record the attack and gossiped about it online.
The case initially came to light through a barrage of text messages, social media posts and online photos and videos.
It also led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the celebrated Steubenville High Big Red team.
Noting that 16 people refused to talk, many of them underage, Mr DeWine said possible offences to be investigated include failure to report a crime.
"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," he said.
Among those who have been interviewed are the owners of one of the houses where parties were held that night, the high school headteacher and the football team's 27 coaches, many of them volunteers.
Text messages introduced at the trial suggested the head coach was aware of the rape allegation early on.
Mr DeWine said coaches are among officials required by state law to report child abuse.
The coach and the school district have repeatedly declined to comment.