Whether it's information about the current case causing so much controversy or if you have a tip about any crime in Steubenville, please call 800-862-BUST. Of course, when you see a crime in progress always call 911.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of sexual violence, there's help right here in Steubenville. In addition to the work of law enforcement, these caring counselors can provide the support you may need. Or if you'd like to talk to a counselor about any stress or emotional trauma arising from the recent controversies and strife in our community, they can help as well. Call them for more information.
A Caring Place (740) 266-3988
A.L.I.V.E. Shelter (740) 283-3444
Family Services Association (740) 283-4763
Jefferson Behavioral Health System Hotline (740) 264-1627
Jefferson County Prevention and Recovery Board (740) 282-1300
Thank you for visiting this site. We've had many people visit to get the real, factual story since the site went live on Saturday. We hope you'll continue to check back for information as the situation warrants.
Here's one detailed story about the site launch and case.
This website is sponsored by the City of Steubenville and the Steubenville Police Department. The goal of this site is to disseminate the most accurate information about a recent case involving sexual assault charges pending against two juveniles in Steubenville (Jefferson County Juvenile Court Case Numbers 2012-DL138 and 2012-139). City officials will update the site as new information becomes available.
City leaders know that many people outside Eastern Ohio are interested in this matter and people from other states and countries may not be familiar with some basic facts about the background of the case. This site is not designed to be a forum for how the Juvenile Court ought to rule in this matter.
-In Ohio, city government is a separate entity from a school district. Cities are governed by independently elected city council members. School districts are governed by independently elected school board members. County officeholders such as the Prosecuting Attorney and the Sheriff are elected by county voters. None of the aforementioned entities reports to or has control of any of the others.
-Crimes allegedly committed within the City of Steubenville fall within the jurisdiction of Steubenville Police. Crimes allegedly committed outside of the City but within Jefferson County fall within the jurisdiction of the County Sheriff. Because the information about alleged criminal activities in this case was first reported to city officials, the Steubenville Police Department investigated the case with the assistance of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.
-Under Ohio law, the Ohio Attorney General is elected by the voters of the state and does not have the independent jurisdiction or ability to undertake investigations or prosecutions of juvenile crime. In this case, the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney who has such authority delegated her authority to the Attorney General’s office to act as special prosecutor in the matter. The special prosecutors are not from the Steubenville area and graduated high school elsewhere.
-Special prosecutors in Ohio have all the authority of the original prosecutor in the case. That means they can dismiss charges, amend charges, or bring new charges when they believe such actions are necessary. Ultimately, prosecutors – not police -- make charging decisions.
-Nothing in Ohio’s criminal statutes makes it a crime for someone to ridicule a rape victim on a video or otherwise say horrible things about another person. Further, nothing in the law allows someone who says repugnant things on Twitter, Facebook, or other Internet sites to be criminally charged for such statements. Steubenville Police investigators are caring humans who recoil and are repulsed by many of the things th
ey observe during an investigation. Like detectives in every part of America and the world, they are often frustrated when they emotionally want to hold people accountable for certain detestable behavior but realize that there is no statute that allows a criminal charge to be made.
-Rules governing prosecutors and law enforcement significantly limit what they can say to the news media or the public before the case goes to trial. Violating those rules can result in the charges being dismissed against the people charged in a case.
-With respect to other charges that could be brought aside from allegations of sexual assault, prosecutors and police have up to two years (for misdemeanors) and up to six years (for felonies) to bring charges. Often, charges are deferred until after a trial, to evaluate the sworn testimony of witnesses at the trial.