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TODAY   |  March 20, 2013

2 teens arrested for threatening Steubenville victim

Just days after two teenage boys from Steubenville, Ohio, were convicted of rape, two teen girls were arrested and charged with threatening the victim over Twitter. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

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>>> there is new fallout tied to the rape convictions of two high school football players in ohio. two teenage girls are accused of posting online threats against the young victim. nbc's ron allen is in steubenville for us. ron, good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. during the trial we learned that while the victim certainly has a lot of sympathy and support in this community, friends have turned against her, others have blamed her for bringing a lot of unwanted attention to this community, negative attention. now we know she's also faced a death threat . two teenaged girls being escorted into court, their faces off camera because they're just 16 and 15. the two accused of sending threatening twitter messages to a rape victim whose case up-ended this small ohio community.

>> the state's position is that the sergeant at arms be remanded to the custody of the juvenile detention facility.

>> reporter: audible sobs could be heard from the defendants when the judge agreed. investigators say just hours after a jhung found two high school football players guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl following alcohol-fueled parties, the teens posted intimidating tweets. "you ripped my family apart. you made my cousin cry, so when i see you, expletive, it's again to be a home side. i'll celebrate by beating the explodive out of the victim's name. this isn't the first time the victim has been threatened in social media . next month a grand jury meets to decide if other teens, parents and community leaders were involved in tampering with or covering up evidence.

>> what's even more shocking and appalling is the crimes of sexual assault are occurring every friday night, every saturday night across this country.

>> reporter: with these threatening tweets plus the text messages and pictures posted that documented the assault, experts say the case is a cautionary tale about teens and what they post on social media .

>> it can be really innocuous stuff or this really serious stuff that we're seeing with the steubenville case. we aren't stopping to think if everybody sees this, what happens?

>> reporter: prosecutors asked for the two teens to be held without bond to protect the rape victim they allegedly threatened. the judge agreed. their lawyers have not entered a plea as of yet. if found guilty they could be held in juvenile detention until they're 21 years old.

>> ron allen in steubenville , thank you.

>>> mike dewine is the attorney general of ohio . sir, good morning to you.

>> good morning.