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Rapist Alert: Will Ohio State U. & Ashland U. Do the Right Thing?

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What will Ohio St. U and Ashland U. Do About Rapists on Campus?
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The silence is deafening as concerned parents, students and citizens wait for responses from Ohio State University and Ashland University. Both schools have scholarship students who have admitted wrongdoing in the kidnapping and gang rape of a young girl in Steubenville, Ohio.

According to LocalLeaks, the minor child was allegedly administered a "date-rape" drug, and was comatose for most of the evening in which she was carried from one party to another while subjected to rape, sodomy, and other attacks by "The Rape Crew."  The incident in question happened on the night of Aug. 11, 2012.

College students Michael Colin Nodianos (OSU) and Jake Howarth (Ashland) are former members of the group of football players on the Big Red High School football team in Steubenville, Ohio, who had become well known to their fellow students as "The Rape Crew,"  and participated in the events of Aug. 11th.

Recent articles, including Opednews' "LocalLeaks' Charges of Cover-Up by Parents, Police in Steubenville Rape Forces Official Response" by Gustav Wynn offer further details.   click here

Video files reportedly obtained by vigilante hacker(s) KnightSec were provided to the LocalLeaks blog which immediately set up an investigative reporting operation, and released their files on Jan. 1, 2013.

While many Steubenville coaches, administrators, police, lawyers and members of the judicial system seem to be involved in an integrated cover up, the release of the hacked information has shed a broader light on what appears to be a full spectrum of crimes, including illegal gambling, cocaine and narcotics use and sales, pornography, illegal serving of alcohol to minors, and peddling of date-rape" drugs. recently published "What REALLY Happened That Night," which appears below in its current entirety (01.06.13, although updates are being made frequently.)

We have received an extraordinary set of particular leaks from a number of young people in Steubenville who were witness to various parts of this horrendous crime. From this material, we have been able to piece together a timeline of events on that fateful night in August 2012. During this description, we will refer to the victim as "Jane Doe."

After being convinced, with some amount of coaxing -- to attend the parties that night with the "Rape Crew" by by Mark Cole's girlfriend Santoro, Jane Doe was picked up at a volley ball team party she was attending in the early evening of August 11th and transported in a vehicle with Richmond, Mays and Cole in it. Jane Doe was administered a "date rape" drug snuck into her drink almost immediately, possibly while still in the vehicle enroute to the nights "festivities". In any case, she has no memories after being picked up.

The first party of the night was at the home of Assistant Coach Rick Cameletti, where Michael Nodianos, Charlie Keenan, Cody Saltsman, and Anthony Craig were already engaged in heavy drinking and drug use. At this location Jane Doe was raped multiple times by Richmond and Mays and at least two other assailants from the "Rape Crew".

At that point the "party" went on the move. They first stopped at another Assistant Coach's home, Coach Belerdine. Belardine was not at home but his son and daughter were. Jane Doe was again sexually assaulted at this party.

They hit the road again with an unconscious Jane Doe in tow. While en route to Mark Cole's house, Jane was again raped and sodomized in the back seat of a vehicle -- and this was video recorded by Mark Cole who was in the front seat. Her attackers in the car were again Mays and Richmond.

Once they arrived at Mark Cole's house Jane Doe was carried to the basement where she was again raped multiple times by multiple attackers, one of which was Michael Nodianos.

Finally, having sated themselves and exhausted any further entertainment that Jane Doe could provide for these animals, she was unceremoniously dumped (still unconscious) onto the front lawn of the Cole residence -- where at least one member of the "Rape Crew" proceeded to urinate on her.

At some point in the early morning hours of August 12th, a still unconscious Jane Doe was transported to her home in West Virginia -- where she was deposited on the front lawn of her families home. She was discovered there by her parents at dawn.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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