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Steubenville Rape Case: Ohio attorney general says more charges possible after rape trial

People protest at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohioon Jan. 5, 2013. Authorities investigating rape accusations against two high school football players in eastern Ohio launched a website to combat the misperception "that the football team runs the city," the city manager said.
AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Thomas Ondrey
Protesters outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio on Jan. 5, 2013. Some say they are outraged over what they contend is a cover-up in the rape case that involves high school football players.
Thomas Ondrey,AP Photo/The Plain Dealer

(CBS/AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's attorney general says he'll announce after the upcoming rape trial of two high school football players whether charges will be brought against others who may have witnessed the alleged assault.

Mike DeWine says he isn't ruling additional charges in or out in the case, which centers on the rape of a 16-year-old girl in eastern Ohio. At least three other students witnessed the encounter, and still others apparently knew about it and posted messages and photographs about the incident on social media sites.

Hacker-activist groups and women's advocacy organizations have questioned why people who knew about the rape weren't charged under an Ohio law requiring people to report crimes of which they're aware.

On Monday DeWine said his office is now investigating what happened after the alleged assault.

DeWine's office told lawyers for three witnesses last fall that their clients wouldn't be charged. The two teens accused of rape are scheduled to appear in juvenile court on March 13.

Complete coverage of the Steubenville Rape Case on Crimesider