Grand Jury Considering Ohio Rape Case Adjourns

Lady Justice sits atop the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Steubenville. A grand jury has adjourned for now to consider whether other crimes occurred in the case.(Photo: Flickr)
Lady Justice sits atop the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Steubenville. A grand jury has adjourned for now to consider whether other crimes occurred in the case.(Photo: Flickr)

A grand jury in eastern Ohio has adjourned after three days spent considering whether other crimes might have occurred in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl a year ago.

Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General, says the panel adjourned Wednesday in Steubenville and will reconvene at a later date.

One of the key issues before the grand jury is whether adults who are required to report crimes knew early on about the rape last August but didn’t say anything.

In March, a judge convicted two high school football players of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said nothing is off the table for the grand jury, which has met periodically since April.

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