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Group Demands Charges in Steubenville Rape Case

Updated: Monday, March 4 2013, 07:32 PM EST
UPDATE:  COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he'll announce after the upcoming trial of two high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl whether charges will be brought against others.
  
DeWine says he isn't ruling additional charges in or out in the case of the alleged rape in eastern Ohio, which was witnessed by at least three other students and apparently known about by still more.
  
Hacker-activist groups and women's advocacy organizations have questioned why people who knew about the rape weren't charged under an Ohio law requiring people to report crimes of which they're aware.
  
DeWine on Monday said his office's investigation is now looking at what happened after the alleged assault.
  
DeWine's office told lawyers for three witnesses last fall that their clients wouldn't be charged.

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Web Producer: Kellie Hanna

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DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS -- A group of women will demand justice from the Ohio Attorney General on Monday morning.

They plan to present a more than 85,000 signature petition to Attorney General Mike Dewine asking for charges to be filed against a third teen in connection with a controversial high school rape case in Steubenville.

Representatives from the Ohio National Organization for Women say they want the third teen charged with "failing to report a crime."

They are outraged over a now infamous cell phone video posted by the teen online.

In it the boy is heard joking about the rape victim being "dead."

The group claims the video was made after a party last fall, when police say a sixteen year old girl was raped multiple times.

"Ohio NOW" calls the boy a "cheerleader" for rape.

The teen they want charged has not spoken publicly about the video, but an attorney spoke on his behalf a few months ago.

The lawyer told ABC 6/FOX 28 News that the boy's actions were "truly dumb" and "foolish," but that he did not actually witness the rape.

Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond are set to stand trial on the rape charges next week.

Stay with ABC 6/FOX 28 News for the latest on this developing story.
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REPORTER: Mike McCarthy
WEB PRODUCER: Nick BonaGroup Demands Charges in Steubenville Rape Case


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