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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 cityof 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. The two broke down in tears after a Juvenile Court judge delivered his verdict. They later apologized to the victim andthe community and Richmond struggled to speak through his sobs. "My life is over," he said as he collapsed in the arms of his lawyer.
The crime, which took place after a party last summer, shocked many in Steubenville because of the seeming callousness with which other students took out their cellphones to record the attack and gossiped about it online.
In fact, the case came to light via a barrage of morning-after text messages, social media posts and online photos and video. "Many of the things we learned during this trial that our children were saying and doing were profane, were ugly," Judge Thomas Lipps said. Immediately after the verdict, Ohio Attorney General Mike
DeWine said he will convene a grand jury next month to investigate whether anyone else should be charged. Noting that16 people refused to talk, many of them underage, DeWine said possible offenses to be investigated include failure to report a crime.