(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced tonight that two teenage girls were arrested late this afternoon on menacing charges for threatening the victim in the recent Steubenville rape trial.
The threats were made via the social media website Twitter.
"Let me be clear. Threatening a teenage rape victim will not be tolerated. If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the internet, we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you," said Attorney General DeWine.
Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office alerted the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to the online threats soon after yesterday's sentencing hearing concluded.
The Steubenville girls, ages 15 and 16, were both transported to the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center upon arrest.
The 16-year-old is charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated menacing for threatening the life of the victim, and the 15-year-old is charged with one misdemeanor count of menacing for threatening bodily harm to the victim.
In addition to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, those with the Steubenville Police Department and Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office assisted with the investigation.
Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Lisa Hackley: 614-466-3840