Rape Suspects Still in Custody

STEUBENVILLE – A visiting judge ordered two teens accused of kidnapping and rape to remain in the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center.

A probable cause hearing for the suspects was continued Friday. It will be held Oct. 12.

The two suspects are Steubenville High School student-athletes. The teens, both 16, were charged in August in connection with the alleged kidnapping and rape of another minor.

One teen is facing an additional charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

The charges stem from a police report that was filed in Steubenville on Aug. 14.

The report states that people came to the police station “in regards to a sexual assault involving their juvenile daughter.” Information was taken for a report, and the subjects were referred to the Juvenile Division, the police report states.

Since the state filed the motion for a discretionary bind-over, a probable cause hearing is the next step in the case.

Judge Thomas Lipps of Hamilton County, Ohio, is presiding. Lipps spent 37 years as a juvenile court employee, 12 of those years as a judge.

The two special prosecutors, Jennifer Brumby and Marianne Hemmeter, are with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Local court officials recused themselves from the case.