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
Steubenville Rape Case Prompts Official Website
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. (Read more rape charges stories.)

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