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Ohio AG steps into sensational rape case
DeWine says he will see if more charges are warranted in Steubenville 
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohio AG Mike DeWine says the Steubenville rape case has his attention.
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has confirmed his office is investigating an alleged rape of a teenage girl by members of the Steubenville football team. The case made national headlines after the video of the alleged night-long rape of an inebriated 16-year-old surfaced on social media.

Two Steubenville High School boys are facing charges and DeWine says more may be filed against others who witnessed and videotaped the assault.

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“We will prosecute anyone who we think has committed a crime. Thus far that means two individuals who we believe are guilty of the crime of rape, and ultimately that is up to the court, we believe this case should be prosecuted and we are prosecuting it. Whether or not anyone else violated a criminal law remains to be seen. There is a different between being insensitive and doing immoral things and committing a crime.”

 

The case has divided the town, with supporters of the girl saying law enforcement went easy on the ballplayers and supporters of the players saying they’re being railroaded.

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