...text message from Trent Mays sent at possibly the same time the young girl he raped was at the Steubenville police department reporting what happened to her.
I came across this graphic on The Atlantic Wire's report by Alexander Abad-Santos and wanted to share here.
Who knew What and When?
Coach Reno Saccoccia is a mandatory reporter. And, text messages presented at the trial, indicate that he knew of the events of August 11, 2012. It is not clear, however, what, if anything he did with this information. That will be one of the many questions I would hope the Grand Jury would investigate.
August 13 Text from Mays to Evan Westlake (who filmed the Michael Nodianos video)
Delete that off You-tube. Coach Sac knows about it. Seriously delete it.August 14 Text from Mays to the young girl he raped
Reno just called my house and said I raped you
School Board Statement
Additionally, the Steubenville City School Board released the following statement last night:
"Last week was a difficult time for everyone in Steubenville, but especially for those of us who work daily with young people. We are grateful to those who investigated and prosecuted the crime, and to all those who helped support the victim through this ordeal. We also are grateful to Judge Lipps for handling this case with great sensitivity and care, making sure that justice was served even under very difficult circumstances. As the trial in juvenile court proceeded, it was impossible not to ask what we might have done differently to prevent this horrible event from occurring.
Like everyone else, we are left with many unanswered questions and applaud Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's decision to convene a grand jury to make sure the investigation is complete and to determine whether additional charges should be filed in this case. We will respect the results of that process, and, if necessary, will take appropriate action.
From the beginning, we have cooperated fully with this investigation and will continue to do so. To the best of our knowledge, everyone associated with Steubenville City Schools students and employees – have cooperated, as we have encouraged them to do.
As a school community, it is time for us to move forward and focus our attention on the students in our classrooms. But, as we do that, we must learn everything we can from this case and try to figure out what, if anything, we can do differently so nothing like this ever happens again. We owe that to the victim, our students, and our community."
In Ohio, the following are a list of mandatory reporters if acting in a professional or official capacity:
•physician (including a hospital intern or resident);
•practitioner of a limited branch of medicine;
•registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or visiting nurse;
•other health care professional;
•licensed school psychologist;
•independent marriage and family therapist or marriage and family therapist;
•speech pathologist or audiologist;
•administrator or employee of a child day-care center;
•administrator or employee of a residential camp or child day camp;
•administrator or employee of a certified child care agency or other public or private children services agency;
•person engaged in social work or the practice of professional counseling;
•agent of a county humane society;
•person, other than a cleric, rendering spiritual treatment through prayer in accordance with the tenets of a well-recognized religion;
•employee of a county department of job and family services who is a professional and who works with children and families;
•superintendent, board member, or employee of a county board of developmental disabilities;
•investigative agent contracted with by a county board of developmental disabilities;
•employee of the department of developmental disabilities;
•employee of a facility or home that provides respite care;
•employee of a home health agency;
•employee of an entity that provides homemaker services;
•a person performing the duties of an assessor;
•and any third party employed by a public children services agency to assist in providing child or family related services
Standard of Knowledge
Knowledge or reasonable cause to suspect, based on facts that would cause a reasonable person in a similar position to suspect, that a victim has suffered or faces a threat of suffering any physical or mental wound, injury, disability, or condition of a nature that reasonably indicates abuse or neglect.
Definition of Applicable Victim
A child under the age of 18 or a mentally retarded, developmentally disabled or physically impaired child under 21 years of age.