Two Teenage High School Football Players Convicted Of Rape

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (March 17, 2013)--Two Ohio high school football players who were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl apologized in court for their actions.

Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond were found guilty Sunday of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August in a case that roiled the small city and stirred reaction from activists online.

After the verdict was read, both apologized to the victim and to the community.

Both were emotional as they spoke, and Richmond struggled at times to talk through his sobs.

Mays apologized for taking a photo of the girl that was posted online and fueled speculation over what happened that night.

They were sentenced Sunday to at least a year in juvenile jail, but could be held until they turn 21.

Ohio's attorney general, meanwhile, said he'll convene a grand jury to investigate whether other people should be charged in a rape.

Activist groups have questioned why people who knew about the rape weren't charged under state law requiring people to report crimes.

“This community desperately needs to have this behind them but this community also desperately needs to know justice was done and that no stone was left unturned,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said Sunday.


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