3 Steubenville athletes suspended after testifying

STEUBENVILLE– Three Steubenville High School athletes who testified Friday in a juvenile court probable cause hearing against two fellow athletes charged with rape were suspended Monday by the school district from participating in extracurricular activities.

Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Mike McVey said two of the students play football and one is a wrestler. McVey said the incident, which resulted in criminal charges in juvenile court, happened during the football season.

McVey said an investigation began Monday and may be completed by the end of the week to determine if the students violated board policies and school regulations.

McVey said the high school principal met with the parents of two of the students and talked on the phone with another parent.

McVey said the decision to suspend the students came after they testified in juvenile court.

Mark Cole II, 17, Anthony Craig, 18, and Evan Westlake,17, all testified during a juvenile court hearing on Friday. Cole and Westlake are members of the football team. Craig is a wrestler.

Visiting Judge Tom Lipps found probable cause for a rape charge to continue against Trent Mays, 16, of Bloomingdale and Malik Richmond, 16, of Steubenville. Mays also faces a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. The judge dismissed a kidnapping charge against the two following the hearing.