Teen: I Recorded Some of the Steubenville Rape
Court hears testimony, horrible text messages
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
Prosecutor Brian Deckert asks Bureau of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Ed Lulla about an evidence bag containing a blanket, March 14, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool)

(Newser) – A teenager testified in the Steubenville rape trial today that he'd personally witnessed defendant Trent Mays put his fingers inside the victim's vagina as they drove from one party to another, and even recorded it on his cellphone—though he says he deleted the video the next morning, realizing he'd done "something stupid and wrong." The 17-year-old testified only after the judge gave him immunity from prosecution, the AP reports. Witness accounts are crucial to the trial, because the victim doesn't appear to remember what happened.

Yesterday, the court heard a series of disturbing text messages from and to various people involved in the case, CNN reports. A sampling:

  • In one, the girl asks Mays what happened the night before. "Don't lie about anything. I need to know the truth. People keep asking. Idk (I don't know) what to say."
  • "Swear to God I don't remember doing anything with them," the girl says in another message. "I wasn't being a slut. They were taking advantage of me."
  • In one exchange, a friend asks Mays, "Did u do it?" Mays replies, "No, lol. She could barely move."
  • In another, Mays tells a friend, "I'm pissed all I got was a hand job, though. I should have raped since everyone thinks I did."
The defense countered these messages by asking the computer forensics expert who presented them if she could prove the defendants were the ones who sent the messages. "I can't put a person behind a cellphone," she replied.

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Mar 16, 2013 10:37 AM CDT
If you are taping a CRIME in progress then you are just as GUILTY as the criminals. Apparently the parents of ALL the teens involved in this should teach their teens to bite the bullet. These teens are no different then any other, THEY JUST GOT CAUGHT! No parent wants to believe that their child has done something wrong, that makes them "PART OF THE PROBLEM" not part of the solution. I am not blaming tthe parents but you have to know what you children are up to and the teens need serious punishment, including 'EVERYONE THAT KNEW ABOUT THIS AND DID NOT TELL" They disgust me!
Mar 16, 2013 8:22 AM CDT
judge gave teen "immunity from prosecution" wow, you have to let 1 rat go free to catch two still leaves us with rats on the loose
Mar 16, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
Hey Newser! It's against the law to show the faces of juvenile defendants.