School district encourages witnesses to cooperate with police in Ohio football rape case

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School officials say students withholding information about an alleged rape in an eastern Ohio city last summer are thwarting investigators, as the FBI looks into threats to local authorities who are working on the case against two high school football players.

The local sheriff said Wednesday his family had received a death threat and the Steubenville police chief said an email he received shut down his computer.

School officials on Thursday encouraged students to contact police if they know something.

The district and city have been under scrutiny since the alleged attack over the summer and the arrests and charges against two players. Some question why other students weren't charged, and bloggers and hacker-activists have alleged a cover-up meant to protect the popular football program.