On August 22, 2012 two members of the Big Red High School football team in Steubenville, Ohio - USA were arrested and charged with the rape and kidnapping of an out of town 16 year old girl that took place on August 11th. At the time of this gang rape, the girl was intoxicated and unconscious.The victim had been intentionally drugged with a "date rape" intoxicant. She was photographed and video was taken of her in this condition, and there is evidence that she was hauled in a comatose state to multiple parties - and almost certainly raped by more members of the local high school football and wrestling team than just the two players who currently stand charged. There is even evidence that she was urinated upon during this hideous assault.
Despite all this, it looked as though a town rife with corruption, cronyism, illegal gambling and fixated upon their star high school football team (a major economic revenue engine) were prepared to orchestrate a major cover-up in order to sweep the entire affair under the rug. As this disclosure will document, this cover-up was perpetrated by people in the high school administration, local government and law enforcement.
-- Enter Anonymous --
On December 23, 2012 a cell within Anonymous called "Knight Sec" took up the cause of giving a voice to the victim of this horrible crime, and began unraveling this conspiracy of silence designed to protect a group of these high school football players who had become well known to their fellow students as "The Rape Crew". Fueled by intelligence they had received from many students at Big Red High School, they launched Operation RollRedRoll by releasing this video. Take careful note of the various screen capture images of pictures taken by these monsters of this poor defenseless girl, and note their many comments made in tweets and Facebook posts regarding their crime (now since deleted).
-- James "Jim" Parks --
Mr. Parks is an avid fan of the Big Red High School football team, and is the webmaster and owner of a private fan site for the team. Knight Sec zeroed in on James Parks when intelligence from students in the high school revealed that he had an exceptionally close relationship with many of the players on the football team, including those members of "The Rape Crew". Anonymous quickly took control of his web servers, and proceeded to deface the front page of his website. Knight Sec then went a step further, and gained control over Mr. Parks private E-Mail account, and downloaded much of it's contents. Among the many interesting things discovered in this trove were several pornographic images of extremely young women, quite possibly underage. One particularly difficult to explain image lifted from James Parks E-Mail is this picture, which appears to show a scantily clad under-age student. It would seem to have been surreptitiously shot in the girls bathroom at the high school.
Tips received from anonymous high school students in Steubenville have indicated it is possible James Parks was receiving images from "The Rape Crew" of their various "conquests". At least one of the images discovered in James Parks E-Mail bore a striking resemblance to another rape victim Savannah Dietrich whose attack occurred in Louisville, Kentucky under similar circumstances as Steubenville. We now release the entire E-Mail cache that was liberated by Anonymous and offer it for download and analysis:
James "Jim" Parks E-Mail Files - Download
WARNING: This Zip File Contains Pornographic Images
-- Sheriff Fred Abdalla --
Sheriff Fred Abdalla has been the Sheriff of Jefferson County in Ohio USA for 28 years and has stood for election unopposed (with only one rare exception) for his entire career. In this video interview taken at the recent Anonymous organized protest that took place on December 29, 2012 you can clearly hear Sheriff Abdalla admit that he is aware from evidence gathered that numerous individuals witnessed the attack on the victim and yet he oddly states that simply being there and being aware of the attack is not a crime. This is of course completely incorrect, as witnessing a crime and failing to report it is in itself a crime - and under certain circumstances can even be equated to the charge of conspiracy or being an accessory. Certainly having been a law enforcement officer for nearly three decades, the Sheriff knows this fact. Sheriff Abdalla also states in this interview that he has nothing to do with the investigation, yet states that he assisted the local police department in hunting down people who attended these parties at which the girl was attacked and confiscating their cell phones and other electronics. And finally he states, again incorrectly - that he CAN'T investigate the gang rape attack or whether or not this has happened to other victims because it is not his jurisdiction. As almost everyone knows, the Sheriff is the highest law enforcement officer in a county and has jurisdiction over ANYTHING in that county. Under constitutional law, his authority even trumps that of the federal law enforcement agencies in his own county. Watch the video, and make note of the points above - this man is lying:
LocalLeaks has confirmed that Sheriff Abdalla and Head Football Coach Reno A. Saccoccia have breakfast a couple of times a week together at the Spot Bar in Steubenville. Recall that per Sheriff Abdalla's own admission in the video interview above, it was he who was tasked with retrieving the cell phones and other electronic gear from the football players and other students involved in the gang rape of the young girl. In the process of this operation to retrieve the cell phones, several KEY pieces of video and photographic evidence were "inadvertently" deleted by the Sheriff and his deputies. Other electronic evidence on these devices mysteriously disappeared when Deputies cornered several Big Red players on the field in order to collect their electronic devices, and allowed them to go back to their locker room UN-ACCOMPANIED to retrieve their devices whereupon they returned to the field several minutes later and handed them over.
And finally, Sheriff Abdalla and his brother run the largest illegal gambling operation in Jefferson County - employing bookies who work out of the Spot Bar as well as other establishments in Steubenville. But they are not the top of the "food chain" of this illegal gambling business in Steubenville. The Abdalla brothers answer to Paul (Paulie) Andreozzi, a member of the Mafia Gambino family. Sheriff Abdalla's brother is the largest importer of cocaine in Jefferson County. His brother was also a teacher, that is until he was caught having sex with a student and was fired. It should be pointed out that a careful examination of the above video will also reveal that the Sheriff is in fact a Mason.
-- Steubenville Police Department --
In direct response to the release of the "Steubenville Files" by LocalLeaks, the City of Steubenville launched it's own web site Steubenvlle Facts to try and contradict the material in this historic disclosure. In one of their first posts, they made the bold and straight forward claim that the City Government and the Steubenville Police Department were NOT corrupt. This is blatantly contradicted by the REAL Steubenville facts. Over 40 different people have actually brought police misconduct actions against the City and/or Steubenville police officers for misconduct and in every case, with no exceptions - the claimant has received a substantial payment of compensation. This corruption and wrong doing has cost the City of Steubenville many hundreds of thousands of dollars, to the point where the city is finding it difficult to find any insurance company that will underwrite the SPD.
Steubenville has had a reputation for political corruption. The U.S. Department of Justice alleged that the city and police force had subjected numerous individuals to "excessive force, false arrests, charges, and reports" and had engaged in practices regarding "improper stops, searches, and seizures." The report from the Department also stated that excessive force was levied against individuals who witnessed incidents of police misconduct, and against those who were known critics of the city and its police force. Those individuals were also falsely detained if the city and the police agreed that they were "likely to complain of abuse." It also stated that the officers involved also falsified reports and tampered with official police recorders so that "misconduct would not be recorded."
The speed camera program began in 2005 and earned the city $600,000.00 in revenues, as nearly 7,000 tickets at $85.00 each were issued during that time period. In March 2006, the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas ruled that the city ordinance of supporting the speed camera program was illegal and unconstitutional. The city refused to remove the cameras, however, because it stated it was "bound by contract to continue the services" of Traffipax, Inc., the US subsidiary of ROBOT Visual Systems, a German corporation. Despite attempts to remove the cameras, the city continued to defy the judge's order and reinstated an identical ordinance to continue issuing citations. Councilman at Large Michael Hernon cast the sole dissenting vote against reinstating the traffic cameras. In mid-2006, an attorney filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Steubenville for illegally collecting fines and generating unnecessary revenue from motorists. He won the case in December 2007 and the city was forced to refund thousands of tickets totaling $258,000.00. Stern also gathered enough signatures from the residents of the city to put forth a referendum that posed the question of whether the city's ordinance authorizing the speed camera program should continue. On November 8, 2006, city residents voted to end the city's speed camera program with a 76.2 percent majority.
Over a period of 20 years the city lost, or settled out of court, 48 civil rights lawsuits involving its police force. The city paid out more than $800,000.00, $400,000.00 of which was between 1990 and 1996. As a result, the city's police force became the second city in the United States to sign a consent decree with the federal government due to an excessive number of civil rights lawsuits. The decree was signed on September 4, 1997 under the "pattern or practice" provision. Under this agreement, the city agreed to improve the training of its police officers, implement new guidelines and procedures, establish an internal affairs unit, and establish an "early warning system."
One particularly horrifying story of corruption that directly involves Chief McCafferty when he was still a non-ranking officer of SPD is the "Koniski Affair". Joseph Koniski was elaborately set up and falsely incarcerated for many years because he refused then Officer McCafferty and his partner the usual expected weekly "brown envelope" that was collected by SPD officers from all the illegal gambling establishments in Steubenville. His story speaks for itself, and it details a police department so rife with corruption that it is nearly beyond belief. Joseph Koniski was eventually exonerated and at least one of the officers involved in framing him has been terminated. However, Officer McCafferty who played a pivotal role in this scandal - primarily due to his rage that Koniski refused to pay the expected bribes - well, he is now the Chief of Police in Steubenville.
Finally, and perhaps a bit more pertinent to this disclosure - LocalLeaks has received numerous reports from women who live in Steubenville of being sexually harassed, stalked - and even raped by active-duty Steubenville police officers. The sheer volume of these leaks, combined with the large number of such cases on public record - leads one to conclude that it is not just the Big Red athletics department that has a problem with run-away rape culture. This police department has been unable to solve a single murder in the past 25 years, but they seem to have plenty of time to prey upon the innocent and defenseless women of Steubenville. In light of all the REAL Steubenville facts, it is not surprising at all that this "police department" is reluctant to investigate the crimes committed by Steubenville's infamous "Rape Crew".
-- Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin --
The Honorable Jane Hanlin is a Prosecuting Attorney for Jefferson County and the mother of Big Red football player Charlie Keenan, who is suspected of being a member of "The Rape Crew". Jane Hanlin represented Edward "Eddie" Lulla in a civil legal matter this summer (spending a great deal of time with him). Mr. Lulla is an agent for the BCI who was sent by the State of Ohio to lend oversight to the rape investigation in Steubenville. Not surprisingly, the State of Ohio found everything to be going smoothly. In addition, "Eddie" Lulla's son was recently chosen to join Steubenville Police Department out of a pool of three candidates. When ranked, his son was not the first candidate. It is crystal clear why Mr. Lulla was unable to find anything wrong with the current investigation (which is being conducted by SPD) into this horrible crime. Jane Hanlin's current husband is also a member of the Steubenville Police Department.
When the family of the victim went to file the charges, Jane Hanlin was present. She strongly discouraged them from filing. Hanlin frightened not only the victim, but the parents as well. Telling them that her name was going to be dragged through the mud, she will be in and out of court for well over two years, the press wouldn't leave any of the family alone once the crime was made public. Scared out of their wits, the parents said they didn't want that and Hanlin then said not to worry just leave it up to her and the detectives on the case.
It appears that Prosecutor Hanlin doesn't just cover for her own son, either. In May of 2012, Ed Wilson a Steubenville Big Red football player and two other unknown individuals shot out the windows of 14 vehicles in Steubenville. Despite being arrested, and confessing to the crime - he was never sentenced or made to pay restitution. The case was handled by Jane Hanlin's office. Prosecutor Hanlin also testified as a character witness for Branko Busick, a former SHS football player. Specific charges were armed robbery and he was charged in Morgantown, WV. Busick was essentially an "enforcer" for the team, usually employed to collect on illegal drug debts. Hanlin claimed she was testifying as a private citizen but several references were made to both her position and her husband's in the Steubenville PD. One of the Big Red football players by the last name of Redman, whose position on the team is running back - lists his official address on his school records as the Hanlin residence. Does this player live with the Hanlins? Or is he actually an out of town student who is lying so he can play on the team?
Prosecutor Hanlin also remained on the Steubenville City School Board even after receiving notice from the Attorney General's office this is improper. Her first husband is Charlie Keenan, former SHS principal and star athlete in his day.
-- Head Football Coach Reno A. Saccoccia --
Head Football Coach Reno Saccoccia is the very heart and leader of this criminal conspiracy of silence designed to protect these young football players not only from the consequences of their many crimes, but seemingly from any responsibility in life that would in any way detract from their athletic careers. His close personal relationship with everyone from the high school principal to Sheriff Abdalla have served to make this mere football coach one of the most powerful people in Steubenville. Reno Saccoccia's sister in law, Marguierete Clark - is the secretary for the juvenile court Judge Kerr. Coach Saccoccia is actually employed as a mediator in juvenile court system! Coach Saccoccia's motto to his boys is: "lie till you die". The moment he became aware of the gang rape he attempted to hold off sheriff deputies when they seized the telephones and other electronic items belonging to the perpetrators, meanwhile encouraging his "boys" to delete everything.
But Coach Saccoccia's regime doesn't just extend to protecting these boys from the dire consequences of serious criminal activity. Mr. Saccoccia has wielded his considerable power to form a sort of social and academic bubble of protection around these boys in order to insulate them from even the most basic daily responsibilities faced by any other high school student in Steubenville. The students in the classes at Steubenville High School are carefully segregated. Football players take their exams separate from other students, and they are allowed and even encouraged to cheat. The teachers assist the players in cheating on state tests, and this results in a 100 percent pass rate by all football players on these exams.
And finally, this regime goes beyond mere protection. Coach Saccoccia regularly bails his players out of jail using the local bail bondsman Rocco Boniey Associates Inc. Big Red Football Players are rewarded for their athletic prowess with a carefully moderated system of vice. Assistant Coach Pierro handles this aspect of the "program", allowing the boys to view porn on his computer - and even providing drugs and alcohol to those who are "extra" deserving. Pierro is assisted in his seedy duties by none other than James Parks, profiled above. The drugs for the boys "entertainment" are supplied by known local drug dealer Nathan Hubbard, who is also a patron of the Spot Bar in Steubenville from which he is known to peddle his poisons. The "date rape" drug used to knock the victim of the gang rape unconscious was supplied by this criminal with the knowledge and consent of Parks and Pierro. Finally, LocalLeaks has received copious documentation that numerous Big Red football players who reside in West Virginia (and thus are ineligible to play on the Big Red football team in Steubenville, Ohio) are being provided with phony residency via empty rented apartments in Steubenville. These apartments, which have no actual people living in them, appear to serve only two purposes - to collect school mail and to provide a venue for raucous parties for students. You can read more on this issue of providing phony residency to out of state players by downloading some of the leaks below which contain the details.
Phony Residency For Players Leaks - Download
We have also received numerous leaks indicating that Coach Saccoccia as well as his entire family are quite enamored with illegal gambling on student sports.
So, besides his salary from the school district in Steubenville (he gets two checks because he is a retire/rehire), and his check from his job with the courts - what motivates Coach Saccoccia to commit these crimes? Alot. The football boosters gifts to the Coach include a new Lincoln LS (after the 2005 state championship), a trip to Italy, annual trips to Florida all expenses paid, a new house on Braybarton Avenue, a big screen TV as well as many other "gifts". It appears that Coach Saccoccia is getting very wealthy from his position.
-- The Den Of Iniquity --
The Spot Bar is located at 217 South 4th Street in Steubenville, Ohio. The Spot Bar has been owned by Joe DiAlbert since 1977. This establishment is the physical home base for the "Old Boys" network that is the heart of the cronyism and corruption in Steubenville. We know that several of the conspirators profiled above meet there several times a week. But this seedy and disreputable establishment is far more than a simple meeting place.
The Spot Bar is the prime watering hole, and "working office" of the drug dealer Nathan Hubbard, who is the primary supplier of illegal narcotics to the Big Red football team. But he is far from the only drug dealer working this choice selling spot. The Spot Bar is well known in the community as the "go to" place to purchase illicit drugs, and is serviced by a number of well known dealers in Steubenville. Given the predilection of certain law enforcement officers from both the Sheriff's department as well as SPD to frequent the Spot Bar, one has to assume that there is some level of protection being granted by law enforcement in Steubenville for this underground drug market. And finally, deserving high school football players and other under-age students are allowed to drink illegally especially after hours.
One big question that might come to mind when studying this disclosure would be, why? Why this elaborate conspiracy just to shelter and protect a high school football team? The answer is as old as humankind, MONEY. Not only is this football team the very epicenter of social life in this otherwise sleepy little mid-western town, but it is a huge economic engine in the community - generating millions of dollars in economic activity, tax revenue - and income in the form of hundreds of jobs. But not all of the economic activity generated by this football team is legitimate. One of the biggest and most popular revenue streams connected with the Big Red football team is gambling. And the Spot Bar is worked by several of Steubenville's biggest "bookies".
While the Spot Bar is by far the most popular, it is not the only "den of iniquity" where this type of activity takes place. Another local business that caters to Big Red fans and players is the Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville. It's a confirmed fact that underage high school students are in this establishment often. They host an event on Wednesdays during the football season and then allow anyone regardless of age to stay after close to drink and hang out. Its also reported by eyewitnesses that the owner let's young underage girls in just so he can hit on them. Smoking in doors is supposed to be banned by law as well, but after 10:00 pm everyone can smoke in this place. One of the biggest gambling "bookies" working these "dens of iniquity" is Joe Cucarese, the cousin of Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.
-- The "Rape Crew" --
It is important to state at this point in the disclosure that not all of the Big Red football or wrestling team are rapists or criminals. In fact, the vast majority of young people involved with these teams are good, honest and hardworking athletes simply trying to do the best they can. The focus of this investigation has centered upon a very small group of miscreants who are known by their peers and fellow students as "The Rape Crew".
Now, the very fact that this core group of criminals within the student body are known by this moniker should set off alarm bells for everyone. This entire investigation has centered around a single rape victim and assault that came to light this summer. But you don't get a name like "Rape Crew" from a single incident of gang rape committed upon a lone victim. One thing is certain, there ARE more victims out there. One of the chief aims in exposing and bringing to justice the participants and beneficiaries of this conspiracy is to embolden, encourage - and empower these other victims to come forward and seek justice.
Trent Mays: Was a sophomore and a quarterback for the Big Red football team at the time of this brutal crime in August of 2012. He was originally charged as an adult with rape and kidnapping, and held in custody. He has since had the kidnapping charges dropped, the rape case moved to the juvenile court system - and has been released on bail. Trent Mays is the son of Brian Mays former football coach at Cadiz and Indian Creek who was removed from Indian Creek staff for having girls alone in locker room with him. Note the tweet from Trent Mays below sent on that fateful night of August 11, 2012, in which he sends out an announcement to all his followers that a "banger" party is in progrees. For those not familiar, a "banger" is slang for a party at which "sex" is being "served".
Malik Richmond: The only other member of the football team to remain charged. Richmond was also originally charged as an adult with rape and kidnapping, and held in custody. Like his co-defendant Mays, he has since had the kidnapping charges dropped, the rape case moved to the juvenile court system - and has been released on bail.
Despite being released on bail for these very serious charges of violent crime, Richmond showed up at the Juvenile Court with his ankle bracelet in a bag demanding that he be allowed to go on vacation in California with his parents. The court granted him permission to do so.
Anthony Craig: Craig is a wrestler at Steubenville High School and a member of the "Rape Crew". He was an eye witness to at least some of the brutal attacks on Jane Doe. Craig decided it was in his best interests to sign an immunity deal with the prosecution, and as part of that deal he gave the following sworn testimony regarding the night of the attack.
Craig, who is 18 - said he went to Cole's house where Cole showed him a video of what happened in Cole's car (See "What REALLY Happened That Night" section below). Craig, who admitted to having a relationship with the victim, said he saw the victim naked in Cole's basement. He said he saw Richmond laying beside her but couldn't tell what Richmond was doing. He said Mays was smacking his penis off her side. Craig said the victim was not responsive or participating. Craig said he tried to tell Mays, his best friend - to stop it, and told him not to do anything he will regret. Craig said Mays told him, "It is all right ... don't worry". When asked how it feels to testify against his friend, Craig said. "It kills me". Craig said he took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn't know what was happening. He said he later deleted the picture from his cell phone. Craig testified Mays sent him a naked picture of the victim the next day.
Craig admitted in open court to taking sexual photos with the reasoning he was going to show the victim if she didn't remember what was happening, and testified that she was unresponsive. He says he later deleted the photo. If he was previously in a relationship with the victim and took the photo for her benefit then why delete it and not try to contact her and show her the photo? Craig can be heard laughing in the Nodianos video below, and does not appear in the video to be nearly as concerned for Jane Doe's welfare as he states under oath.
Despite a statement issued by Steubenville High School Superintendent Mike McVey claiming the three students (Cole, Westlake, and Craig) who testified at the October probable cause hearing have been suspended from extra-curricular activities, Anthony Craig continues to be an active member of the school's wrestling squad.
Evan Westlake: Westlake is a well known member of the "Rape Crew", and the person who recorded the Nodianos video below. Westlake has also turned states evidence, signing an immunity agreement with the prosecution and giving the following testimony under oath in this case.
Westlake, who is 17 - said he was at Cole's house and was getting ready to leave when he saw the victim naked on her side. He said the victim wasn't moving. Westlake said Richmond was beside her and performing a sexual act and Mays was smacking his penis off her side. When asked why he didn't help, Westlake said, "I was stunned with what I saw. I wanted to get out of there. I didn't know what to do".
Clearly if you watch and listen to the Nodianos video below, Westlake wasn't that stunned because he found the analogies being made by Nodianos hysterically funny. You can hear him say in the video while laughing "He comes up with them so quick". He testified in court that he didn't know what to do yet in the video it is obvious he wasn't stunned, in reality he thought it was funny and apparently thought everyone else would find it funny. If he was so stunned by what he saw that he was put into a state where he didn't know what to do and just wanted to get away from it, then why did he stick around after the attack and film the Nodianos video below?
Michael Colin Nodianos: A former Big Red baseball player, and clearly an avid and full participant in the "Rape Crew" - Nadianos was videoed along with several other students, some of whom appear to be Big Red high school athletes and perpetrators of this horrible crime. In this explosive video, Nadianos goes on for over 12 minutes describing the crime in great detail and confessing to his full participation including raping the girl at least once himself. In addition, Nadianos implicates several other members of the "Rape Crew" in the attack. Local law enforcement had been advised of the existence of this video, but claimed they could not retrieve it. This video was obtained by the Anonymous Cell "Knight Sec" and turned over to LocalLeaks. The video was shot so soon after the attack, that one person present becomes disgusted and actually leaves to go check on the condition of the victim. It is important to also note that despite this strong evidence, Nadianos has yet to be arrested or charged in this brutal attack.
WARNING: This Video Is Extremely Disturbing - Viewer Discretion Is Advised
Michael Colin Nodianos Confession - Original Video Source Download
A student by the name of Evan Westlake (also a member of the "Rape Crew") taped this video in the basement of fellow "Rape Crew" member Jake Howarth's house, which was one of multiple locations where rape of the victim took place. Fellow students Shawn McGee, Niko Murray and Anthony Craig also appear in the video in the background with both Murray and McGee not happy with the topic and pissed at Mays. It should also be noted that what appears to be a hunting rifle with a scope is clearly visible on the floor beside Nodianos during his drunken rant.
Michael Nodianos is 18 years old and is currently a student at Ohio State University (after the release of the "Steubenville Files" Nodianos was asked to leave OSU by the administration). As the video above shows all too graphically, this young man is a sociopath and needs to be in prison not living it up on a scholarship at college.
Hackers were able to break into Michael Nodianos' mobile voice mail box and extract some of the contents. The messages appear to be from two school administrators or other officials, as well as one VERY supportive local resident. While it is only three messages, they are very interesting. LocalLeaks would appreciate any information that can shed further light upon these messages.
Michael Colin Nodianos Voice Mail - Download
Charlie Keenan: Charlie is the son of the County Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin and a member of the Big Red football team. He is also a well known member of the "Rape Crew". He was a witness to the vicious attack on Jane Doe. One of the houses which played host to the roving "party" the night Jane Doe was attacked was the Hanlin/Keenan residence. Jane Hanlin was out of town that night.
Jake Howarth: Howarth was a member of the Big Red wrestling team the night that Jane Doe was attacked. He is a known and infamous member of the "Rape Crew". It was to his house that the "Rape Crew" went in the early morning hours of August 12th to un-wind from their hard night of "partying" the previous evening. And it is in Howarth's basement that the Nodianos video above was shot, sometime approx. 6:00 AM the morning of August 12th. Jake Howarth went on to become a student Ashland University, where he is universally loathed by the majority of the student body and under investigation by the school administration for his involvement in the "Rape Crew".
Cody Saltsman: Saltsman was originally charged in the gang rape. After a private back-room meeting at Naples Pasta House restaurant in Steubenville between Saltsman's father, the Sheriff - and a certain Mr. Teramana (a wealthy Steubenville resident) - Cody Saltsman's charges were mysteriously dismissed. Saltsman is a former boyfriend of the victim of this attack, and it appears there is quite a bit of bad blood between them - adding a layer of vengence and viciousness that may explain the raw brutality of the attack upon this girl. Saltsman is perhaps one of the most repugnant individuals the LocalLeaks staff has ever encountered. His posts on Twitter and other social media show him to not only be completely callous regarding the horrendous abuse that he and his friends meted out upon their defenseless victim, but show clearly that this young man is an extremely dangerous sociopath who truly needs to be incarcerated.
Cody Saltsman sent many messages to people stating that "nobody breaks up with Cody Saltsman, Ill ruin that bitch". This was a month before the rape. A few weeks later, Saltsman's best friend - Trent Mays started texting the victim asking her for a date and pretending to like her and telling her over and over that everyone likes her and not to worry about Cody. He finally convinced her to let him meet her at her friends house and she remembers nothing past that point. A close personal friend of the victim received pics from her at 9:30 pm, and she was smiling and happy and with her group of girlfriends. An hour later she was unconscious and being viciously gang raped.
While the charges regarding the attack were dropped against Saltsman, he has provided ample evidence that he was present during this vicious gang rape - incriminating himself with multiple photos that he took of the victim during the various parties she was transported to. Examine these two photo's, one posted by Saltsman to his Instagram account and the other posted to Twitter by another member of the "Rape Crew" closely. These images are of another unknown victim of the "Rape Crew" published by Saltsman in 2011.
Clearly Saltsman was present during the attack on this girl, making him at the very least guilty of accessory and conspiracy.
Mark Cole: Mark is one of Cody Saltsman's best friends and a member of the Big Red Wrestling Team. Together with Saltsman, they are the ones who hatched the plot to lure the victim to the parties where she was viciously assaulted. Mark agreed to convince his girlfriend Makenzie Santoro to lure the victim to these parties because she was friends with the victim. Make no mistake, their intent was to do her harm as revenge for the victim having broken up with Saltsman. It is unlikely that Cole committed any of the multiple rapes on the victim, as both he and Santoro (his girlfriend) were together through out the entire episode. They are however BOTH guilty of accessory and conspiracy to commit rape and kidnapping.
-- What REALLY Happened That Night --
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 Mark Cole's girlfriend Santoro, Jane Doe was picked up at a volleyball 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. Both Belerdine and his sister were present at this time. 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. Also at the Cole residence, Jane Doe was orally raped by Trent Mays. 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.
-- Conclusion --
Ever since we launched LocalLeaks in June of 2011, we have received hundreds of leaks. Many of our disclosures have caused us to pause with grief for the victims of corruption or wrong-doing. But nothing has so completely moved the staff of LocalLeaks with such heart-break as this disclosure has. When we were presented with the copious body of material that is the source for this disclosure, all the LocalLeaks volunteers began working around the clock to organize, analyze, fact-check, verify - and prepare this disclosure for release. First and foremost, our heart and condolences go out to the young lady who was the victim of this brutal and brazen attack, and to her family. We pray that this disclosure can bring them some comfort, and that by bringing a measure of transparency to Steubenville, Ohio perhaps also some REAL justice to the victim of this horrible crime.
This disclosure is ONGOING. We expect to be updating this page several times a day for the foreseeable future, so check back often for new material. The staff of LocalLeaks is still receiving leaks from every strata of society in Steubenville, and we expect to receive even more material now that we have released this disclosure to the public. LocalLeaks will continue to analyze this new material and add to this disclosure indefinitely. We STRONGLY urge anyone with sensitive material or information regarding this disclosure to go to our main website and leak that information to us. We promise to protect your anonymity and to get the biggest political impact for the risk that you take. Finally, we KNOW from the evidence that there are not only more attackers in this "Rape Crew" out there that need to be apprehended and brought to justice, but we are absolutely certain there are more victims as well. We know of at least three other girls who were drugged and gang raped by "The Rape Crew" in the past two years. If you have been victimized by these young men, we BEG of you to PLEASE come forward. Tell your parents, confide in a counselor - anything. If you trust no one else, then contact us - we will keep you safe and work with you to help you receive the justice you deserve.
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