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article image2 teens charged with threatening Steubenville rape victim

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 19, 2013 in Crime
Steubenville - Sheriff's deputies and state investigators took two teenage girls into custody Monday suspected of making online threats against the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case.
The teens –– one 15, one 16, both from Steubenville –– were in the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center Monday night, awaiting an appearance before Judge Samuel Kerr Tuesday, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla told CNN.
Abdalla said the threats came hours after visiting Judge Thomas Lipps found Steubenville High School football players, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, guilty of raping the 16-year-old honor student from West Virginia during a series of parties last summer.
"The attorney general had just left the building -- the judge was still in the building -- when I received messages that there's death threats already against the victim," Abdalla told CNN.
The sheriff said one threat said "you ripped my family apart,'' and warned that if the poster saw the victim, "it's gone be a homicide." The girl is a cousin of defendant Ma'Lik Richmond, attorney general spokesman Dan Tierney said Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The other teen threatened a beating, according to Cleveland's FOX 8.
The older teen accused of tweeting the death threat turned herself in after she learned investigators were looking for her, the sheriff told CNN. She was charged with aggravated menacing.
The younger teen was arrested, Ohio's writes. She was charged with a menacing charge, the attorney general's office said.
"I hope this sends a warning," Abdalla told CNN. "And I can assure you, we've been monitoring Twitter for 24 hours and continue to. If there's anybody else there crosses a line and makes a death threat, they're going to have to face the consequences."
Such threats have to end, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Tuesday, the AP reported.
"People have the right to express their point of view, and they have the right to be stupid, and they have the right to be wrong, but they don't have the right under Ohio law to threaten to kill someone,'' he said.
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