Two female teenagers have been arrested for allegedly making death threats to the 16-year-old victim in the Steubenville rape case.
The girls, aged 15 and 16, have each been charged with aggravated menacing, intimidation of a victim and telecommunications harassment, Reuters reports. Both of the girls were accused of threatening the victim on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
A judge in Steubenville, Ohio, convicted Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, delinquent in the sexual assault of an intoxicated girl at a high school party. The case had gained wide publicity partially because the two high school football players recorded the event and posted it on a number of social media sites including YouTube and Twitter.
“Let me be clear,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement Monday. “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.”
One of the girls turned herself in to police, and the other was taken in by authorities. Both are being held in the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center and will appear before a judge on Tuesday, Reuters reports.
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