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More Indicted in Steubenville Rape Case

More Indicted in Steubenville Rape Case

(Steubenville, Ohio) -- Four people have been indicted by the special grand jury convened to investigate the Steubenville rape case, including Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Michael McVey.

McVey was charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and falsification and obstructing official business. Lynnett Gorman, an elementary school principal, is facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse. The grand jury also indicted Seth Fluharty, the wrestling coach at Steubenville High School, with failure to report child abuse.

Matthew Belardine, a volunteer strength coach for the football team, faces charges of allowing underage drinking, obstructing official business, falsification, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The party where the rape took place happened at his home.

During his Monday morning news conference Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said "How do you hold kids accountable if you don't hold the adults accountable,"

DeWine said that the community has been ripped apart by the actions of a few people. He's pleased that the grand jury has taken action to hold those people accountable.

The four latest indictments follow two others who were indicted last month. William Rhinaman, the Steubenville Schools information technology director, pleaded not guilty to charges that he altered, destroyed, or removed information about the investigation. His 20-year old daughter Hannah was also indicted, but the charges are said to not be related to the rape case. She was found to have stolen equipment from the schools and sold it.

DeWine said that the issues in Steubenville are not limited to the community but that the same issues happen in cities and towns all across the country.

DeWine stated "It took a long time to get all the information the Grand Jury need so that they can make their decisions, barring any newly discovered evidence, I believe that the Grand Jury’s work is done".

 

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