Sun. 5:18pm: Steubenville rape jury returns Monday

STEUBENVILLE – A rape of a 16-year-old Weirton, W.Va., teen that happened one year ago Monday will be the focus this week of a continuing special grand jury and a hearing for one defendant in Jefferson County Juvenile Court.

A special grand jury called for by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is scheduled to meet Monday. The grand jury has met only seven days since it was seated on April 15.

DeWine said he wants all aspects of the case to be investigated, including the possibility of charges being filed against others for knowledge of the rape and failing to report it.

Retired Juvenile Judge Tom Lipps found Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville delinquent of rape in March in connection with an incident on the night of Aug. 11-12. Mays also was found delinquent of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a Department of Youth Services facility. Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year in a state youth detention center.

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