Rape Trial Day 2: BCI Analyst Details Digital Data Recovery

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation uncovered 61,000 text messages from one of the two defendants’ cell phones in the Steubenville rape case, BCI computer forensic analyst JoAnn Gibb testified this morning.

The case, in which two teens are charged with raping a 16-year-old Weirton girl, broke for lunch shortly before 12:20 p.m. today. Gibb took the stand for a few minutes prior to the recess.

Court is set to resume at 1:30 p.m., at which time Gibb will resume her testimony. She is expected to be on the stand for several hours detailing her findings.

Gibb said she analyzed 17 cell phones that were seized by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. She told of finding 61,000 text messages on one of the defendant’s phones, and also said she found 20,000 text messages on another phone.

She also briefly detailed the technical aspects of recovering data from cell phones.

She testified that iPhone’s are particularly hard to recover data from due to Apple’s encryption process.

The two teens are charged with rape and one of the two also is charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly having a picture of the victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

Attorneys for both defendants have denied the charges.