Two members of Ohio’s Steubenville High School football team are accused of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl during a night of heavy partying back in August.
The girl only learned about the night’s events through all the tweets, Instagrammed photos and YouTube videos.
Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond- both 16- were arrested on August 22nd, 11 days after the incident. Their trial is scheduled for February 13th. The New York Times reconstructs the night based on testimonies from the preliminary hearing:
“At the parties, the girl had so much to drink that she was unable to recall much from that night, and nothing past midnight, the police said. The girl began drinking early on, according to an account that the police pieced together from witnesses, including two of the three Steubenville High athletes who testified in court in October. By 10 or 10:30 that night, it was clear that the dark-haired teenager was drunk because she was stumbling and slurring her words, witnesses testified.
Some people at the party taunted her, chanted and cheered as a Steubenville High baseball player dared bystanders to urinate on her, one witness testified.
Afterward, they headed to the home of one football player who has now become a witness for the prosecution. That player told the police that he was in the back seat of his Volkswagen Jetta with Mays and the girl when Mays proceeded to flash the girl’s breasts and penetrate her with his fingers, while the player videotaped it on his phone.
The player, who shared the video with at least one person, testified that he videotaped Mays and the girl “because he was being stupid, not making the right choices.” He said he later deleted the recording.
The girl ‘was just sitting there, not really doing anything,’ the player testified. ‘She was kind of talking, but I couldn’t make out the words that she was saying.’
At that third party, the girl could not walk on her own and vomited several times before toppling onto her side, several witnesses testified. Mays then tried to coerce the girl into giving him oral sex, but the girl was unresponsive, according to the player who videotaped Mays and the girl.
The player said he did not try to stop it because ‘at the time, no one really saw it as being forceful.’
At one point, the girl was on the ground, naked, unmoving and silent, according to two witnesses who testified. Mays, they said, had exposed himself while he was right next to her.
Richmond was behind her, with his hands between her legs, penetrating her with his fingers, a witness said.
‘I tried to tell Trent to stop it,’ another athlete, who was Mays’s best friend, testified. ‘You know,’ I told him, ‘Just wait — wait till she wakes up if you’re going to do any of this stuff. Don’t do anything you’re going to regret.’
He said Mays answered: ‘It’s all right. Don’t worry.’
That boy took a photograph of what Mays and Richmond were doing to the girl. He explained in court how he wanted her to know what had happened to her, but he deleted it from his phone, he testified, after showing it to several people.”
Paul Hudson | Elite.
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