STEUBENVILLE, OHIO (WKYC)-- A judge has found two Steubenville high school football players delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl at a party last summer. The finding is the equivalent of a guilty verdict in adult court.
Judge Thomas Lipps delivered his verdict just after 10 a.m. He found Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond delinquent or guilty on all three charges. Crying could be heard in the courtroom following the verdict.
Prosecutors argued the drunken girl was taken advantage of. Defense attorneys argued the girl had a history of heavy drinking and lying.
The verdict was read following four days of testimony in Jefferson County juvenile court in eastern Ohio.
The two teens were accused of digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl in a car and in a basement.
The two could be jailed until they are 21.
Social media attention and allegations of selective prosecution have given the case an international profile.