The City of Steubenville has opened a webpage steubenvillefacts.org to provide information to the public. Below is the information released thus far.
August 11-12, 2012. The incident that began this case occurred.
August 14, 2012. The incident was reported to Steubenville Police. 0140
August 16, 2012. Electronic devices of people who potentially had knowledge of the incident were taken, pursuant to search warrants.
August 17, 2012. Steubenville Police request technical and investigative support from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation “BCI” (a state agency supervised by the Ohio Attorney General). At the request of Steubenville Police, BCI expedited the evidence analysis. The analysis involved uncovering and reviewing tens of thousands of emails, texts, and photos from approximately a dozen electronic devices. The vast majority of such data was unrelated to the case. Investigators and forensic examiners never found any video of the alleged crime.
Joann Gibbs, a forensic analyst of digital media with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, said she looked at 15 cell phones and two iPads that were submitted by City Police following search warrants.
She said Apple iPhones with later generation operating systems make it impossible to recover files that are deleted. Gibbs testified she did recover two naked pictures of the victim that were part of text messages sent on Mays’ cell phone. October 13 hearing
August 22, 2012. Based on the investigation of the Steubenville Police, two juvenile males were arrested and charged. Their names are Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond. Suspects remained in juvenile detention until November 1, 2012 when the Visiting Judge (from outside the county) assigned to the case placed the suspects on home arrest.
August 28, 2012. County Prosecuting Attorney delegates her authority to special prosecutors from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
August 30, 2012. Steubenville Police meet with the special prosecutors.
The Juvenile Court trial in this case is scheduled for February 13, 2013. Circumstances surrounding media and public access to that trial are controlled by the Visiting Judge.
Feeds for today’s protest:
Again, this case should be a testament to the need for parents to MONITOR YOUR CHILD’S SOCIAL MEDIA participation. YOU are responsible for them and it is your duty to monitor what they do. There is no shame in being nosy.