STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl raped in Steubenville last year is five months into its review without criminal charges.
One of the chief issues before the 14-member panel is whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by Ohio law. The grand jury has met periodically since its first meeting in early May, but has been delayed as additional evidence is processed. Attorney General Mike DeWine says he can't give a timeline for the panel to finish its work.
DeWine previously stated that during the course of the investigation, 16 witnesses - both adults and teens - were uncooperative. A grand jury can be used to compel witnesses to testify.
A judge in March convicted two Steubenville High School football players, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer. Both have since been classified as Tier-II sex offenders.
University of Pittsburgh criminal law professor David Harris says prosecutors can take all the time they need with a grand jury, which operates by different rules than regular juries.