Evidence shipped to Youngstown

STEUBENVILLE — Computers seized from city schools as part of a grand jury investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office were removed from an evidence room at the City Police station and transported to a BCI office in Youngstown on Wednesday.

City Police Chief William McCafferty said the computers were being stored in a locked room at the police station since being seized by BCI agents on April 25 after search warrants were served.

A special grand jury has been investigating all aspects of the Steubenville case involving two convicted high school students charged with raping a 16-year-old Weirton girl in August.

The grand jury has recessed until the last week of May after hearing one week of testimony.

On March 17, Trent Mays, 17, of Bloomingdale and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville were found delinquent by visiting Judge Tom Lipps of rape in connection with an incident involving an intoxicated underage girl on Aug. 11-12. Mays also was found delinquent of a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material for having a picture of the 16-year-old victim in an outgoing text message on his cell phone.

After their conviction, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced a special grand jury will look at all aspects of the case and whether additional people should be charged.

McCafferty said a BCI agent had already downloaded information from the computers seized from city schools. The computers and monitors were put in the city’s D.A.R.E. Hummer used by the police juvenile division and driven to Youngstown by juvenile detective Erik Dervis and BCI Agent J.P. Rigaud, the chief said. Rigaud was the lead investigator in the rape case as the police department’s juvenile detective before leaving to join BCI.