Search Warrants Executed in Steubenville Rape Investigation

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Updated Thu, Apr 25, 2013 2:52 pm

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office executed search warrants Thursday in connection with the Steubenville rape case investigation.

In a Thursday afternoon news release, DeWine said the warrants were executed at:

  • Steubenville Board of Education offices and other facilities
  • Steubenville High School
  • Vestage Ltd. in Medina County

The release said the court signed orders sealing documents associated with these warrants.

The grand jury is scheduled to being hearing evidence on April 30th.

Last week the lawyer for the 16-year-old girl raped by two Ohio high school football players disputed a prosecutor's account that the girl's father initially wanted the investigation dropped.

Attorney Bob Fitzsimmons says the family was taking time to consider the effects of an investigation on their daughter, including the possibility of her testifying publicly.

Fitzsimmons, of Wheeling, W.Va., said the family cooperated with police throughout.

A judge found the two boys guilty last month and sentenced them to the state juvenile detention system.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin stood by her remarks that the family did not want to move forward initially.

She said hesitation on the part of sexual assault victims and their families is common and understandable.

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