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Where were the adults?

February 10, 2013
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

This is in regard to the gavel-to-gavel coverage of the alleged rape of a Weirton girl in August. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family at this time.

From New York's Park Avenue to Beverly Hills, Calif.; from Boston to Denver; from London to Paris, the national and international spotlight is once again on Steubenville.

Here we go again - Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla is going toe-to-toe with Roseanne Barr, and it wasn't on "Dancing with the Stars." There are sound bytes from the Huffington Post, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Phil and Nancy Grace. The hacktivist group Anonymous is clamoring for justice for Jane Doe. And then there's the ongoing media firestorm surrounding this case and the city of Steubenville and its lack of accountability by public officials.

Let's cut to the chase, here. I promise you, someone out there knows exactly what happened on that dreadful night back in August. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in investigating this crime. Maybe FBI-administered polygraph tests would help to narrow down the field of persons of interest. The U.S. Department of Justice is also investigating this crime, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his staff are prosecuting this case. Why haven't federal or state prosecutors filed obstruction of justice charges against those individuals who are protecting the identities of others who are involved in this heinous crime?

Who supplied all of the alcoholic beverages at those open house parties for those teenagers on the night in question? Those were supposed to be parties for high school teens, not "A Weekend at Bernie's." Where were the parents when those booze-fueled parties and that alleged rape were taking place?

Maybe in this particular case, the juveniles should be charged as adults and the adults should be charged as juveniles?

Only in Steubenville.

Mark A. Paulette


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