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Questions about uncharged teenagers are raised

March 10, 2013

COLUMBUS — Two high school football players go on trial this coming week on charges of raping a nearly passed-out-drunk 16-year-old Weirton girl during a night of partying in Steubenvill....

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Mar-12-13 7:44 AM

johnnyboy; they are all guilty. The night was disgusting. No one did anything to stop it; adults were providers, contributors, and irresponsible.

Again I say, no matter of anyone's past; the actions that night were criminal. Period.

Not defending anyone that night accept the girl that was abused.

If 15 guys from WV came in and said she was a#$% #$%^ $%^&; it doesn't matter; they raped her that night.

NO ONE ASKS to be RAPED; and abused.

Lets keep our eye on the ball here.

NO ONE called 911; someone provided the booze and the the houses.

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Mar-11-13 1:20 PM

And one more think regarding you ridiculous and childish "home cooking" comment MajorMatt..You do realize that if there was a witness who could bolster the prosecutions case from WV that was asked to testify, but did not want to, the judges ruling would keep them from testifying also.

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Mar-11-13 12:57 PM

Matt, I do not believe that any evidence has been presented saying that anybody told the kids to delete evidence from their phones. The rest of your post is senseless. "Home-cooking" you think that the judge ruled the way that he did to protect a WV girl from the big bad Ohio court? If you think that then you know nothing about this judge. The law says that these kids do not have to testify in a juvenile preceding and he is following the law. Now if they were tried as adults this would not be the case. As far as JD's friends being "just as guilty" as everyone else, were they present when the alleged crime took place? If not they would not be "just as guilty" as someone who witnessed it.

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Mar-11-13 12:21 PM

I'm not real electronically savvy but I thought DELETED information was never really deleted, you just have to find it and forensic experts can do that if anyone is interested.My sympathy to all involved.

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Mar-11-13 10:19 AM

From the very beginning, I asked where were the other girls?

Where were the people that had "some" sense?

Where were the adults?

With all the texting, twitting that went on why didn't someone hit 911?

I am not 100 % positive, but I thought one of the three testimonies mentioned a coach providing and another instructing the deletions.

If I am wrong on that I am sorry; no intent to hurt anyone. Because it was mentioned here, I just thought I remembered that.

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Mar-11-13 8:09 AM

Why does this story begin by saying "charges of raping a NEARLY passed-out-drunk 16-year-old Weirton girl"?? Should it not say "TOTALLY passed-out-drunk 16 year-old Weirton girl"??

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Mar-11-13 12:30 AM

One of the things that has bothered me from the start of this mess is that no females came forward and/or did anything to help JD. I have to wonder if the reason for this is that it is just so common that they just go along with it...if so they all have a serious moral issue.

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Mar-10-13 4:42 PM

Shame on all the adults who are responsible for allowing &/or promoting these booze parties that lead to using drugs and raping young girls. You had to know what was happening or you are a completely negligent parent/coach who keeps their head where the sun doesn't shine.

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Mar-10-13 4:39 PM

Since the football team seems to have more coaches than players, I think they can fire the ones trying to be a BFF to the boys instead of the role model they should be. Those coaches and parents who allowed these parties need to be charged, too. This wasn't the first party these kids went to and got smashed so their parents and coaches had to know what was going on or they were even more incompetent than has been written. Wonder what would have happened had these kids killed someone in a cart accident after leaving the party house. Instead, they are drinking, drugging and raping young girls. Shame on all the adults who allowed this to happen.

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Mar-10-13 4:31 PM

After reading how the coaches and parents provided the party houses and tolerated the use of booze and drugs, it is no wonder the boys don't know how to behave themselves. They have mistakenly learned that they are above the law. When the courts start charging the adults for facilitating the crimes of the kids, parents and coaches will start behaving like responsible adults.

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Mar-10-13 2:59 PM

You show me any evidence that the coaches instructed the players to delete anything off of the phones. I agree with you on anyone who knew what was going on or what went on should be held accountable. That includes all of Jane Does girlfriends they are just as guilty. But know the WVa judge said they do not have to testify. alk about home cookin in WVa.They could come over and testify if they wanted to BUT maybe they know the truth would hurt the prosecution. Actually I think they just do not want to be in the public eye. Protesters and all.

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Mar-10-13 1:39 PM

A lot of silence the past month has been a little errie.

No one is talking.

Has this all been forgotten?

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Mar-10-13 9:41 AM

So far, everything about this case smells like a "Big Red Coverup". The victim deserves justice. Any and all witnesses should be compelled to testify. I believe the Ohio AG has let the victim down by not arresting the others who offered the homes and alcohol and those who witnessed, but failed to stop the rape as accomplices. Also, the coaches who instructed witnesses to delete rape photos from their cellphones should have been dismissed long ago by the school administration.

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