Trent Mays, 17, left, and 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond sit at the defense table before the start of their trial on rape charges in juvenile court on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in Steubenville, Ohio. Mays and Richmond are accused of raping a 16-year-old West Virginia girl in August of 2012. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool)
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A “substantially impaired” 16-year-old girl was unable to consent to sex and suffered humiliation and degradation when she was raped by two high school football players after an alcohol-fueled party, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the start of a trial that’s drawn international attention to a small, football-loving city in eastern Ohio.
The first day of the juvenile trial became a contest between prosecutors determined to show the girl was so drunk she couldn’t have been a willing participant that night, and defense attorneys soliciting comments from witnesses that would indicate that the girl, though drunk, knew what she was doing.
The case has divided the community amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the local football team, a source of a pride in a community that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry.
Steubenville High School football players Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond both maintain their innocence. In Login to read more