Parents of Steubenville Rape Victim Want 'Everything Over'


Both attorneys also said it would be a challenge to go after the owners of the homes where the parties occurred. Simmons said there might be some civil liability for the underage drinking and the fact that the events happened in the home, but did not think there could be criminal charges for what happened.

It would also be difficult to charge the football coaches or school officials with wrongdoing, Simmons said.

There are some professions like teachers, counselors, coaches, doctors, prosecutors and law enforcement officials that are "mandatory reporters." They are legally required to report a crime they know occurred.

In text messages read in court during the four-day trial, Mays indicated that one of his football coaches was aware of the rape and "took care of it."

The experts also noted that the move to convene a grand jury could be a gesture to assure the public that all due process is being taken in a case that has gained national attention.

"You can't completely ignore in good faith the outcry that did occur," Simmons said.

Fitzsimmons, the victim's family's attorney, said that it is clear that there are "a bunch of individuals that we now know should have done some things and didn't" and defers to the attorney general's office.

"With the grand jury, that's up to attorney general DeWine, who has just done a great job in the case, and he's doing what he thinks is right and I wouldn't question his motives," Fitzsimmons said. "I think he's just trying to be thorough and I think that's a wonderful thing."

"Steubenville probably needs that to make sure that everything is broom swept clean and that everything has been done the right way," he added.

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