Mark Cole II, 17, said the victim was leaving one house and was so intoxicated she could barely walk.
“She wasn’t capable of walking on her own and was stumbling as walking,” Cole said.
Cole said he shot a video of sexual conduct in his car between Mays and the victim as they were driving to Cole’s house. Cole said he later deleted the video from his phone.
He said, at his house, Mays attempted to get the victim to perform oral sex on Mays.
Cole said it “wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault. He said he didn’t believe it was necessary to call his mother, who wasn’t at home, another adult or the police.
Cole did say the victim wasn’t moving at his house when the sexual assault took place.
He said Richmond was lying beside her with his hands around her groin area but couldn’t tell if Richmond was sexually touching the victim. He said he didn’t intervene because he didn’t at any time see the conduct by the defendants as “forceful.” Source: Mark Law, Herald Star
While on the stand Mark Cole incriminated himself. Filming or photographing a nude minor is the manufacture of child pornography under the state laws of Ohio and under federal law. Yet he remains AT LARGE. Mark Cole’s claims that it wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault are despicable. Did his parents do that piss poor of a job raising him that he doesn’t know that a comatose female does not have the ability to consent and that DECENT men do not take advantage of females who are passed out? Historically, men who have sex with women who are comatose are charged with RAPE. Surely, someone who RECORDED VIDEO of what is legally considered child porn would KNOW that if someone cannot say NO — that means it is rape! Right? Would he let someone have sex with a female relative if they were incapacitated? In his world, it’s not rape according to his skewed thought process? The state said the video had been deleted, could not be retrieved and that because of that, Mark Cole was not facing charges even though he ADMITTED UNDER OATH that he recorded what amounts to child porn. Hmmm, how’s that happen unless a deal has been offered?
EVAN WESTLAKE: Poor Evan was also so scared and “stunned” about what was happening that he had to pause for a moment to post to social media, and upload a video on Youtube. How about on his way to Mark Cole’s house? Was he scared and stunned while his friend was videotaping sex acts involving the victim? Didn’t he know then that this was wrong? How stunned was he when he uploaded video to his Youtube account in which Michael Nodianos gave a play by play of what was happening? Was he also documenting this in case the victim forgot and needed to be reminded of what had happened to her? These are guys that you want to leave your teenage daughters alone with, right? These are guys that you should be applauding as they rush across the field, right?
Evan Westlake, 17, said he was at Cole’s house and was getting ready to leave when he saw the victim naked on her side. He said the victim wasn’t moving.
Westlake said Richmond was beside her and performing a sexual act and Mays was smacking his penis off her side.
When asked why he didn’t help, Westlake said, “I was stunned with what I saw. I wanted to get out of there. I didn’t know what to do.”
What did Evan Westlake do? He was SO STUNNED with what he saw that HE MADE A VIDEO and posted it on youtube featuring his good pal, Michael Nodianos aka Nodi yapping about a “dead girl”. She was so incapacitated that they referred to her as “the dead body” or the dead girl.
He was so stunned that he took to Twitter to tell all of his pals how upset he was. He and Nodianos were obviously beside themselves with fear and confusion. I bet they were shaking so hard they had to console each other because it was just so horrifying. They quickly got over their fear and confusion about what was happening and created youtube videos instead.
ANTHONY CRAIG: Here’s another standup guy who took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening, even though he tweeted to Trent Mays that “Chris Hanson” was his worst nightmare. We all know who Chris Hanson is. Did Anthony Craig think that Chris Hanson would understand that photos have to be taken of comatose victims – you know…just in case they don’t remember anything or was it because the videos involved an underage girl who was nude and being sexually assaulted? Anthony Craig thought better of reminding the victim. Instead, he deleted the evidence from his cellphone. How come? It was important to remind the rape victim what happened according to his testimony. Did you have a change of heart, Anthony?
Anthony Craig, 18, said he could see the victim getting more drunk throughout the night.
“Just the way she handled herself and was walking and talking to people,” Craig said.
He said he went to Cole’s house where Cole showed him a video of what happened in Cole’s car.
Craig, who admitted to having a relationship with the victim, said he saw the victim naked in Cole’s basement. He said he saw Richmond laying beside her but couldn’t tell what Richmond was doing. He said Mays was smacking his penis off her side.
Craig said the victim was not responsive or participating.
Craig said he tried to tell Mays, his best friend, to stop it, and told him not to do anything he will regret.
Craig said Mays told him, “It is all right … don’t worry.”
When asked how it feels to testify against his friend, Craig said. “It kills me.”
Craig said he took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening. He said he later deleted the picture from his cell phone.
Craig testified Mays sent him a naked picture of the victim the next day.
Just color me disgusted. I’m ashamed to have to share my oxygen with SUPERSTARS like them.
Author note: I have turned off comments to all Steubenville articles at this time but am leaving the posts up so that this crime does not go unforgotten!by