Two teenagers were arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly issuing death threats on Twitter against the victim in the Steubenville rape case. Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty confirmed the arrests to WTOV Monday evening.
The teenagers arrested were 15 and 16-year-old girls, and one was apparently a relative of one of the convicted rapists. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said one of the teens turned herself in to authorities while the other was arrested elsewhere. State Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a press conference that the 15-year-old made her threat on Facebook and the 16-year-old's was made on Twitter. Both girls are being held in Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Center and are facing charges of aggravated menacing.
In other Steubenville news, several major news outlets accidentally revealed the 16-year-old victim's name on Sunday. Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all aired the girl's name in at least part of their coverage of yesterday's verdict. All the stations have since edited their reports to remove or bleep the victim's name.