STEUBENVILLE - A teenage girl who says she was raped by two Ohio high school football players testified Saturday that she could not recall what happened the night of the alleged attack.
The 16-year-old West Virginia girl took the stand on the fourth day of the nonjury trial of 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond.
She said she remembers drinking at a party last August, leaving the party then throwing up later. The next thing she remembers is waking up naked in a strange house, she said.
She said she realized she was assaulted when she later read text messages among friends and saw a photo of herself and a video made that night.
Mays and Richmond are charged with digitally penetrating the accuser, first in a car and then in the basement of a house, while out partying Aug. 12. Mays also is charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. The two maintain their innocence.
The case has riveted the small city of Steubenville amid allegations that more students should have been charged and led to questions about the influence of the local football team, a source of pride in a community that suffered massive job losses with the collapse of the steel industry.
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