Update: AG DeWine Addresses Victim Menacing Arrests

STEUBENVILLE — 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 Steubenville rape trial.

The threats were made via social media.

“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,” DeWine said.

Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department alerted the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to the online threats soon after Sunday’s s sentencing hearing concluded.

The Steubenville girls, ages 15 and 16, were 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 on Twitter. The 15-year-old is charged with one misdemeanor count of menacing for threatening bodily harm to the victim on Facebook.