Ohio school in football rape case adds guards

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm •  Published: January 8, 2013
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An attorney for the girl's family has said online commentary about the case had made the situation more difficult.

McVey declined to comment on the heightened attention his school district has received. He also said he wasn't prepared to comment on the decision to have unarmed security at the school instead of armed guards.

The defendants, Richmond and Mays, are on house arrest and attend an alternative school during the day inside the county justice center across a busy highway from the downtown high school.

Former legal guardians of Richmond said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show that they were surprised by the arrest and allegations. Richmond is staying with Jennifer and Greg Agresta as part of his house arrest.

"It's completely out of Ma'Lik's character," Greg Agresta said on the program. "That's not the type of person that he is."

The couple declined to say whether the charges are accurate and whether they believe Richmond was involved. They said they don't think a fair trial is possible in Steubenville.

The boys' attorneys say they might try to have the case moved and keep it closed to the public to protect potential witnesses who they say have been threatened and pressured not to testify.

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Sanner reported from Columbus, Ohio.