CONVICTED: 2 Ohio Football Players Head to Jail For Raping Girl

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Prosecutors argued that the victim was so intoxicated she couldn’t consent to sex that night, while the defense contended the girl realized what she was doing and was known to lie.

The girl testified she could not recall what happened but woke up naked in a strange house after drinking at a party.

“It was really scary,” she said. “I honestly did not know what to think because I could not remember anything.”

She said she believed she was assaulted when she later read text messages among friends and saw a photo of herself naked, along with a video that made fun of her and the alleged attack.

Three other boys, two of them on the football team, saw something happening that night and didn’t try to stop it but instead recorded it with their cellphones. Granted immunity to testify, they confirmed the girl was assaulted and said she was so drunk she didn’t seem to know what was happening.

Evidence at the trial also included sexually explicit text messages sent by numerous students after the party. Lawyers noted how texts have seemed to replace talking on the phone for young people. A computer forensic expert documented hundreds of thousands of texts found on 17 phones seized during the investigation.

In sentencing the boys, Lipps urged parents and others “to have discussions about how you talk to your friends, how you record things on the social media so prevalent today and how you conduct yourself when drinking is put upon you by your friends.”

After the arrests, the case was furiously debated on blogs and social media, with some people warning of conspiracies and conflicts of interest. On Sunday, Hemmeter, the prosecutor, criticized efforts by the hacker collective Anonymous to publicize the case, saying the attention had a chilling effect on those willing to testify.

After the verdict, the accuser’s mother rebuked the boys for “lack of any moral code.”

“You were your own accuser, through the social media that you chose to publish your criminal conduct on,” she said. She added that the case “does not define who my daughter is. She will persevere, grow and move on.”

Echoing that, the judge said that “as bad as things have been for all of the children involved in this case, they can all change their lives for the better.”

Do you think this punishment was too light? Sound off by commenting below.

(Photo: AP)

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4 thoughts on “CONVICTED: 2 Ohio Football Players Head to Jail For Raping Girl

  1. I don’t know much about this case, only what was in this article. So how was the girl to blame, because she was drunk and couldn’t figure things out? Were the boys also drunk? Boys should not fall for “Delilah” but boys should also not put themselves in that predicament. She could have been acting like whatever, that didn’t mean they had to do what they did. These kids be quick to say the punishment is not of the crime when they never thougth they were doing anything wrong to begin with. Social media is going to be the end of a lot of children. Parents more worried about how they kids will be left out of certain clicks, instead of not letting them partake in this craziness. Are trying to be the best parents on the block who is cool, or good better than being parents who don’t get wrapped up in this foolishness?

  2. Felicia I agree. The mother of the young lady had a lot of nerve calling the boys immoral when her daughters actions were rachet at best. What message are we sending young ladies when we ignore actions that could have easily changed the outcome of that night for her. Also I do not think it’s fair that some of the young people that could have and should have reported or stopped what was happening did nothing but record and spread this travesty will get immunity while others will be potentionally prosecuted.

  3. That is what happens when you fall into temptation. Fathers and mothers have to instruct their boys not to fall for “Delilah”. And Fathers and mothers need to instruct their daughters to not turn into “Delilah”, and to be chaste and proper and lady-like. I feel for the boys, but they got what they deserved. The punishment was fair, unfortunately the girl gets off completely, and that is not fair. She is just as guilty as the boys, and that is sad.

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