Indictment of School Officials In OH Rape Called Moral Responsibility Test


In a case watched nationwide, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine put adults on notice: When teens misbehave on your watch, you can and will be held accountable, says the Christian Science Monitor. A grand jury handed down four new indictments yesterday in the 2012 Steubenville case of a girl, 16, who was raped by star high school football players in a night of drinking and partying. The case drew attention because of the way images of the sexual assault were spread on social media and because of accusations that the community sought to shield football stars from allegations of wrongdoing.

Four school officials – including a superintendent, a principal, and two coaches – were named in a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges such as obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, failure to report child abuse, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. “This community has been torn apart by the actions and the bad decisions not of the many – but of the few,” DeWine said. The case may have begun with the kids, he said, “but it is also just as much about the parents – about the grown-ups, the adults. How do you hold the kids accountable if you don't hold the adults accountable?” he said. This is being watched as a test case for “moral responsibilities,” says San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick.

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