Guilty pleas in Ohio rape Twitter threat case

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two teenage girls have been sentenced to probation after guilty pleas in the case of threatening tweets sent after a guilty verdict in a high-profile Ohio rape case.

The tweets sent in March had threatened homicide and bodily harm against a girl raped by two high school football players.

The attorney for one of the girls said Thursday two charges were dropped. Attorney Sara Gasser says the 16-year-olds admitted to a single misdemeanor charge of telecommunications harassment and received six months' probation.

The tweets were sent the day a judge found two Steubenville High School football players guilty of raping the West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled summer party.

Also Thursday, a grand jury investigating whether other crimes were committed in connection with the rape adjourned until May 23 to give investigators more time to examine evidence and interview witnesses.