The Steubenville rape case

Two teenaged men were found guilty in the Steubenville rape case:

Steubenville rape case: Trent Mays & Ma’Lik Richmond guilty in rape of 16-year-old, Ohio judge rules

The 17-year-old Mays and 16-year-old Richmond were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in a car and then in a house. They could be held in a juvenile jail until they turn 21.

The two teenage Steubenville, Ohio football players accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl during a series of alcohol-fueled parties last summer were found guilty Sunday morning by Special Judge Thomas Lipps, who announced his ruling in juvenile court by saying that both defendants “are hereby adjudicated delinquents beyond a reasonable doubt on all three counts as charged.”

The verdict is the equivalent of a guilty verdict in adult court, Lipps said in Steubenville, as the defendants and their attorneys wiped away tears and members of their families began to cry. The case attracted national attention for the way social media spurred the prosecution and sparked outrage over the episode.

“I came in early this morning and closely examined all of the evidence and re-read all the text messages. Many of the things that we learned during this trial, that our children were saying and doing, were profane, were ugly,” said Lipps, who then listened to pleas for leniency from Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, their lawyers and family members.

The judge then issued his ruling on sentencing, sending Mays, who was also found guilty of disseminating a nude photo of a minor, to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility. Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year, but like Mays could be in detention until he is 21.

The victim in this case was a 16 year old girl who was partying with dozens of other teenagers, including the two men convicted. She testified that she was so intoxicated that she does not remember the attack, but woke up naked the next day in a strange house. Photos spread over the internet and via cell phones provided much of the evidence against the defendants. Alcohol was freely and plentifully available at the party, and was doubtlessly the fuel of the assault in the first place.

Yet, according to the information I have been able to find so far, not one adult has been charged with providing alcohol for this party.

Alcohol does not just magically appear. Either a liquor store sold the alcohol consumed directly to at least one underaged buyer, or at least one adult purchased the alcohol which saturated the party.

A teenaged girl has been assaulted, and if her name hasn’t been published in the national media, you can be sure that everyone in Steubenville knows who she is; her life there is probably ruined. Two teenaged boys, who should have known better, and probably would not have been so stupid as to have done what they did, are going to a juvenile detention facility, and their lives, as well, have been ruined. Something like sixty to eighty teenagers were hanging around this party, and some of them might still be charge criminally for not stopping or reporting the attack.

Yet, at least thus far, no one has been charged with providing the alcohol that enabled this stupidity to occur.

Well, someone, some adult, is responsible for providing that booze, and that someone, whomever he is, deserves to be charged, convicted and go to jail for his actions.

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