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UPDATE: Two Teens Will Be Held in Detention for Threats Against Rape Victim

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This is the threat made against a 16-year-old rape victim on Sunday. This is the threat made against a 16-year-old rape victim on Sunday.
"Jane Doe" supporters stand outside the Jefferson County Justice Center on Sunday. "Jane Doe" supporters stand outside the Jefferson County Justice Center on Sunday.

WTRF.com UPDATE:

The two teens charged with allegedly threatening the rape victim in the Steubenville trial via twitter will not be getting out of detention anytime soon. One of them allegedly made a specific threat of homicide against Jane Doe, the other threatening bodily harm.

Judge Samuel Kerr held a hearing for the two girls to Tuesday to determine whether they should stay in juvenile detention or be released to their parents. Both teens are charged with intimidation of a  victim, aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment.

As Judge Kerr ordered the girls to return to the detention center, sobs immediately flooded the room. Defense Attorney Francesca Carinci held her client close to her as she wept in her arms.

Carinci said she knows her client personally and that she is a good girl who has never been in trouble before.

"This was just an unfortunate over reaction to something kids were talking about on social media," Carinci said. "I think we have a real problem with people dwelling on what people said."

"At this point it's not tolerated," said Prosecutor Samuel Pate. "It's beyond me why these young people continue to believe that is ok to post things of this nature on social media for the world to see."

According to Carinci, her client has apologized for her comment via Twitter.

Both defendants know the two boys charged with rape personally. One is a relative; the other is a close friend.

A Judicatory hearing is scheduled for March 27. If the girls are found guilty of intimidation of a victim they will be placed in the department of youth services for six months. If found guilty of the other two counts, they will be ordered to less than 6 months on those charges as well.

 


WTRF.com UPDATE:

The two teenage girls accused of making death threats against a rape victim in Steubenville have each been charged with aggravated menacing, intimidation of a victim and telecommunications harassment.

The two girls appeared in court Tuesday morning. They will be held in a juvenile detention center until their next court date on March 27.


 

WTRF.com UPDATE:

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said two 16-year-old-girls are facing charges after allegedly making threats against the rape victim in Steubenville.

Abdalla said one teen turned herself in and the other one was arrested.

They are being held in the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center and will appear before Judge Samuel Kerr Tuesday.

 


 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla was in contact with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Monday investigating death threats made against a rape victim in Steubenville.

Abdalla first learned of threats on Twitter Sunday afternoon, hours after the verdict came down against two teenage boys. 

WTRF's Jamie Ward is in Steubenville talking with Abdalla about this investigation on Monday.

Both teens are to be committed to the Department of Youth Services for minimum of 1 year. Trent Mays received two years to be served consecutively. Ma'Lik Richmond will serve one year, according to Judge Lipps. He said both can be held until they are 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.

Stay with WTRF.com for more updates as we receive them.

For Sunday's story on the verdict, click here.