Threats Draw FBI Into Ohio Teen Rape Case
Facebook post threatens lives of sheriff's family
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 10, 2013 7:20 AM CST
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla brings printouts of an anonymous Facebook post in which he was threatened into his office on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Steubenville, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – As an Ohio city wrestles with rape allegations involving a pair of high school football players, online threats have spurred the FBI to act. An anonymous Facebook commenter threatened to kill the Jefferson County sheriff's family, CBS News reports. Meanwhile, Steubenville's police chief opened an email yesterday that knocked out his computer, he says; the FBI is probing the perceived threats. Hackers have been at the center of the case, with the group Anonymous posting a video of a college freshman joking about it; that teen has now dropped out of Ohio State University.

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Jan 10, 2013 2:53 PM CST
Wait so are these death threats because they are not doing anything to help the victim or are these threats being made to stop the prosecution of the accused because of who he is?
Jan 10, 2013 10:52 AM CST
The sheriff does't know that all US football players are imune from prosecution under the first amendment. But, I'm sure the charge will be reduced to naughty behavior. ...............Al Sharpton
Jan 10, 2013 10:21 AM CST
People are seriously fucked up.