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Social Media Convicts Steubenville, Ohio Rape Case

Updated on March 18, 2013

Two teenage boys were convicted of raping a girl so under the influence, she had no clue of what happened. The rape in this case was digital, that is, forced penetration using an object, most likely fingers. The girl testified that she remembered drinking at the first big party of the night and then holding Mays' hand as she left with him, Richmond and others.The next thing she remembers, she told the court, is waking up in the morning naked on a couch in an unfamiliar house. She drank at least four shots of vodka, two beers and some of a slushy mixed with vodka.

One boy testified that he used his cell phone to record Mays putting his fingers inside the girl's vagina during a drive from one party to another. The girl was not drugged with a date rape drug.

But, as legal experts allude to, had it not been for the over 100 emails and Facebook postings of the event with photos and videos, the prosecution was facing a he said\she said thing, and in most of these cases, the defendants are not convicted. But here, the teen boys, some not actually involved, thought it was cool to film it and post it. During the event itself, many were tweeting it, as if it was nothing. The killer video posted was 12 minutes long showing all the faces and graphic details up close. The boys dialog from the video was so incriminating and damning, it also made one sick to listen to:

He's puttin' a wang in the butthole, dude. They peed on her. That's how you know she's dead, because someone pissed on her. They raped her harder than that cop raped Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction. Her puss is about as dry as the sun right now.

That was the narrator of the video. Besides the two that were convicted, two other boys were in the room as spectators and recording the event. The trial is over but the grand jury is now going to obtain more evidence and details about the event from at least 16 others at the party. This info will be obtained in secret. There could be more arrests as immunity goes away.

Since they are minors, they will be out at the latest when they are 21, 4-5 years. They will be branded for like with a sexual conviction.

The lesson for anyone who does a crime and then brags about on ANY social media websites, in emails, send photos, use Twitter or Facebook, just know the police are looking there. This happens more frequently than not and the perpetrator is convicted. The old WW2 saying applies: "Loose lips, sinks ships". The ship in this case is YOU.


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    • Jeff Berndt profile image

      Jeff Berndt 4 years ago from Southeast Michigan

      "The lesson for anyone who does a crime and then brags about on ANY social media websites, in emails, send photos, use Twitter or Facebook, just know the police are looking there. "

      Really? That's the lesson we should draw from the Steubenville case? That if you do a crime, you shouldn't brag about it on social media?

      How about this lesson: "Don't rape anybody!"

      Or how about this one: "If you take sexual advantage of someone who is unconscious, that makes you a rapist!"

      Or how about this one: "If you see someone taking sexual advantage of someone who's unconscious, and you do nothing, you're an accessory to rape!"

      I would think that those would be better lessons than "If you rape someone, don't tweet about it."