New Indictments Reopen Old Wounds in Steubenville

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In August 2012, a 16-year-old girl from a town in West Virginia, just across the Ohio River, accused two sophomore starters on the Steubenville High School football team of rape. 

Though the details are contested, the case quickly gained national attention, and a judge declared the two underage boys delinquent of rape, the juvenile guilty charge, last March. 

The investigation didn't end there. This week, a special grand jury handed down four adult indictments related to the case, for the school superintendent, a former volunteer assistant football coach and two teachers. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine discusses the charges, and examines the fallout in Steubenville, Ohio where he announced the indictments earlier this week. 

As Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Rachel Dissell noted in her coverage of the case, DeWine also urged the national media to refrain from painting the entire town with a broad brush.

"The grand jury has demanded accountability," DeWine said. "This community has been torn apart by the actions and the decisions, not of the many, but of the few. There are a lot of fine young people in this community."