Sex chat on cellphone
His comments and the discovery of these further pictures are sure to add fuel to the anger of protesters who took to the Steubenville streets in their thousands at a rally organized by hacking group Anonymous.
They voiced frustration that only two have been charged in this case and to claim that rapes have gone unreported for fear of retribution in a small town with a culture where footballers and their clique are deified and victims tarnished and blamed.
Shocking images have been found on a cellphone showing two more girls, facedown and partially naked on the floor of the same basement where the Ohio rape of a 16-year-old girl allegedly took place, it can be revealed today.
The photographs were stored on a cellphone belonging to a teammate and friend of the Steubenville case accused, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays – and raise the chilling possibility of two more, as yet unknown, victims.
It might all have gone unrecorded had it not been for the fact that the alleged victim’s mother was sent an text containing an image of her daughter from that night. Trent and Ma’lik helped her.’While Mays sat in the middle the alleged victim sat behind the driver.
In a tense courtroom exchange Walter Madison, Richmond’s attorney questioned the witness: ‘There is a photograph here of a woman on the same carpet as the carpet in xxxx’s basement. ’The pictures show two girls, both face down and in a state of undress on the carpet.
They are strikingly similar to an image taken in August and produced as evidence at the hearing.
Boys who knew – even dated – the alleged victim tweeted and crowed with callous disregard for the fact that they were discussing an horrific ordeal suffered by the 16-year-old girl who goes to a religious school nearby. They had just won a game and a group, including the accused, were eating at a friend’s house when, according to witness statements, they started trying to get a group together to party.
Two of the three teammates who gave testimony in the probable cause hearing admitted to having taken photographs and in one instant filming the alleged assaults.
Both deleted the evidence from their cellphones before police seized them.
Sickening: A Big Red footballer was told by a judge that he only escaped charges because he deleted incriminating photos of the alleged assault...
but others didn't and shared them on social networking sites The existence of these earlier photographs, retrieved by forensic analysts, emerged only under cross-examination and the witness repeatedly denied all knowledge of them in spite of their presence on his phone.
It shows the 16-year-old at the centre of the current investigation stripped naked and lying face down, on that same basement floor, identifiable by its distinctive carpet.Her arms are tucked underneath her and, according to eyewitness accounts, she was silent, motionless and unconscious as the accused carried out sexual acts on her and some of those present recorded it on their cellphones.