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Four School Workers Indicted in Steubenville Rape Case

A grand jury in Steubenville, Ohio, has indicted four adults for the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl and a subsequent cover-up while it determining if any other laws were broken.

Michael McVey, superintendent of Steubenville City Schools, was charged with evidence tampering, obstructing justice and false statement, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The latter two charges are misdemeanors.

Matthew Belardine, a volunteer football coach, was also charged with obstructing official business as well as falsification and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Additionally, Lynnett Gorman, the principal at Pugliese Elementary School and Seth Fluharty, a wrestling coach at Steubenville High School, were both charged with failure to report child abuse.

The rape shook the small Ohio town last year following accusations of a cover-up, after a video leaked by an individual present during the crime generated a wave of attention and outrage through major social media outlets.

“People made bad choices and the grand jury said there are repercussions,” said DeWine. “It took a long time to get all the information the grand jury needed so they could make their decisions. Barring any newly discovered evidence, I believe the grand jury’s work is done.”

An indictment was first issued against William Rhinaman, director of technology of Steubenville City Schools, for tampering evidence, obstructing justice and official business, as well as perjury.

Later, in March, the teenagers involved in the crime were both found “delinquent,” a term equivalent to guilty. Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were charged with digital penetration, legally defined as rape in the state of Ohio. They were sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail with a potential to be there until they are 21 years old.

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