Deric Lostutter leaked a viral video made by the rapists themselves that clearly showed their 16-year-old victim was unconscious and unable to consent.
The home of the 26-year-old “hacktivist” was raided by the FBI last April and Lostutter eventually admitted to distributing the clip.
Despite the fact that his involvement in the Stebenville rape case brought about the convictions of two rapists, Lostutter is facing 10 years in jail for obtaining tweets and social media posts that contained details about the rape and for threatening action against the rapists, and the school officials who have since been indicted for their roles in covering up the crime cover up the crime.
One of the convicted rapists, Ma’Lik Richmond, was recently released from juvenile detention two months early for “good behavior” after serving less than a year.
Richmond’s family released a statement about how hard the past 16 months have been for the 16-year-old. The statement failed to make an apology to the rape victim, according to her lawyer.
“Although everyone hopes convicted criminals are rehabilitated, it is disheartening that this convicted rapist’s press release does not make a single reference to the victim and her family -- whom he and his co-defendant scarred for life,” said attorney Robert Fitzsimmons.
“One would expect to see the defendant publicly apologize for all the pain he caused rather than make statements about himself. Rape is about victims, not defendants. Obviously, the people writing his press release have yet to learn this important lesson.”
UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
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