Teens placed on house arrest

STEUBENVILLE – Two teenagers who allegedly made threats to the victim in the Steubenville High School rape case were released under house arrest after the girls made appearances Wednesday before Jefferson County Juvenile Judge Sam Kerr.

The two 16-year-old girls are charged with felony intimidation of a witness and aggravated menacing and telecommunication harassment, both misdemeanours. The girls through their attorneys denied the charges.

Kerr ordered the girls not use social media or have any contact with the victim in the rape case.

The girls were arrested by City Police on March 18, the day after visiting Juvenile Judge Thomas Lipps found Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville and Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale delinquent of charges or rape. Mays also was found guilty of a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for allegedly having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

County Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Pate said the girls will be placed back in the juvenile detention center if they violate the terms of their house arrest.

Kerr will now schedule a pre-trial hearing.