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Two Girls In Custody For Threatening Steubenville Rape Victim

Ohio Attorney General warns that threats will not be tolerated.

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On Monday, two girls were arrested for threatening the life of the Steubenville rape victim on Twitter and Facebook. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said a 16-year-old and 15-year-old have both been charged with aggravated menacing. The girls are scheduled to appear before a juvenile court in Steubenville on Tuesday.

The news comes a day after Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were found guilty of sexual assault. For DeWine, however, the investigation isn’t over. He said that he plans to convene a grand jury next month to further investigate the rape case. 

According to the Plain Dealer,DeWine said in a statement Sunday: “This community needs assurance that no stone has been left unturned in our search for the truth.”

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On Monday, after charging the two girls, DeWine said that he will not allow the teenage rape victim to be intimidated:

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.

UPDATE: The two girls appeared in court today and were in tears upon learning that they could face up to six months detention. They have been charged with three counts — Intimidation of a victim, Telecommunications Harassment and Aggravated Menacing — and will remain in custody upon a state attorney's request to protect the victim from 'immediate physical harm.'

After Mays and Ma'lik were found guilty on Sunday, the girls began threatening the rape victim on Twitter. Here is a sample of their tweets according to a photo from The Daily Mail Online:

"You ripped my family apart, you made my cousin cry, so when I see you bitch it’s going to be a homicide."

"I’ll celebrate by beating the s*** out of [the victim]." 

"She's the town whore anyways. She hasn't stopped drinking yet. just pray, cause God's gonna get her worse than anyone can."

The Mail Onlinealso reported that the attorney for the rape victim said earlier that she was "a remarkably strong girl" though "she had her moments."

A hearing date is set for Wed. Mar. 27.

Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet.