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Teen arrested for death threats against Steubenville rape victim

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 18, 2013 in Crime
Steubenville - Just one day after a judge found two Steubenville High School football players guilty of rape, two teens were taken into custody after the 16-year-old rape victim received death threats.
Earlier Monday, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla told WTRF in Wheeling, West Virginia that he first learned of the death threat against the 16-year-old victim on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
The sheriff said one threat was to assault the victim, while the other promised to kill her. Both teen suspects are Steubenville residents, Abdalla said, according to Cleveland's FOX 8.
In turn, this prompted an investigation by the Jefferson County sheriff and the Ohio attorney general, Ohio's newsnet5.com writes.
Later in the day, Abdalla said one teen turned herself in and the other was arrested,
They are being held in the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center and will appear before Judge Samuel Kerr Tuesday, the station said.
The sheriff said the threats came hours after visiting Judge Thomas Lipps found two Steubenville High School football players, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, guilty of raping a 16-year-old honor student from West Virginia during a series of parties last summer.
They were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile prison and could be held until they are 21 years old. Mays was sentenced to an additional year for a charge related to distributing nude images of a minor.
Meanwhile, a release from Attorney General Mike DeWine states online threats will be taken seriously, FOX8 reported.
"Let me be clear. Threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you," said Attorney General DeWine in a statement Monday night.
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