Steubenville Rape Case Prompts Official Website
Ohio authorities try to dispel rumors in high school case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2013 12:31 PM CST
A truck stop in Steubenville: It originally moved as part of AP package in September calling Ohio "America in a nutshell," a place where "the NFL takes a back seat to high-school football."   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – A case involving rape allegations against two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, has grown so volatile that city and police officials have taken the unusual step of launching a website—here—to lay out the facts, reports AP. The allegations themselves are awful: Two 16-year-old boys are accused of repeatedly assaulting a passed-out girl at various parties as others looked on. (It first came to national attention last month in the New York Times.)

But the case took on a whole new dimension when the hackers of Anonymous posted a video purporting to show another male making crude jokes about the night. You can see it here via the Atlantic Wire, which reports that the teen in the video might be in trouble at his new college, Ohio State, as a result. For a larger overview of the entire case and recent developments, see Slate.

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Jan 6, 2013 1:33 AM CST
From Anonymous's website: "Cody Saltsman sent many messages to people stating that “nobody breaks up with Cody Saltsman, Ill ruin that b*tch”. This was a month before the rape. A few weeks later, Saltsman’s best friend – Trent Mays started texting the victim asking her for a date and pretending to like her and telling her over and over that everyone likes her and not to worry about Cody. He finally convinced her to let him meet her at her friends house and she remembers nothing past that point. A close personal friend of the victim received pics from her at 9:30 pm, and she was smiling and happy and with her group of girlfriends. An hour later she was unconscious and being viciously gang raped." Nail these kids to the f*cking wall.
Jan 5, 2013 5:48 PM CST
This case needs to be taken to a whole different area to be tried if they hope for any semblance of objectivity - and all these kids should definitely be tried as adults...
Jan 5, 2013 2:59 PM CST
Very disturbing story like something from one of those 70's grindhouse flicks where the visitors to a town find that the whole town is corrupt and evil. The prosecutor first convinced the victim that charges would be unbearable for her with the publicity and court time. Then it comes out that prosecutors kid is probably a rapist and part of the rape might have happened in her home. The sheriffs brother might have been the one to sell the date rape drug to the team. The sheriff actually claimed to have no jurisdiction in the case on tape, even though he controls the entire county. Watch the kid's tape, very disturbing.