2 juveniles arrested in connection with alleged sex assault in Jefferson Co.



Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin said a search warrant was obtained to take the cellphones of people who were allegedly involved in the case or who have knowledge of the incident that is under investigation. She said officials are looking into allegations that there is some type of video footage on the cellphones. Hanlin said that search warrant was sealed by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. since juveniles were named in the warrant.


The story is evoking much reaction from the public. The prosecutor's office, the sheriff's office and Steubenville police said they've all received an influx of calls from concerned citizens.


Hanlin said any claims of a cover-up are untrue and everyone involved in the investigation has worked around the clock in securing warrants. The arrests were made a week after the alleged victim's parents filed the police report.


"It's impossible for it to go faster. I know in a perfect world evidence would come together within 20 minutes of the crime and you would be able to go forward. In the real world, it doesn't happen like that. You have to meet with people, you collect evidence, analyze evidence. There are a lot of rumors out there about what already exists, what is already in people's possession, and a good deal of that is rumors," Hanlin said.


She said officials are handling the investigation like any other and making sure it is handled properly. Steubenville City Law Director Gary Repella said on Tuesday that the Steubenville Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are investigating the allegations.

Hanlin said on Tuesday she would recuse herself from the case because she knows too many of the individuals on a personal level as students and graduates of Steubenville High School are allegedly involved in the case. In addition, she said the names of the individuals believed to be involved in the alleged incident keep coming up, and she knows both of them as well as their parents.


Hanlin said she will ask the State Attorney General's Office to come in and prosecute the case.


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