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UPDATE: Trial Set For Coach Charged After Steubenville Rape Case

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/13/2014 2:25 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A spring trial is set for a former Steubenville High School volunteer coach whose home police say was the scene of a drinking party and rape by two high school football players.

Matthew Belardine and three others are charged with trying to thwart the investigation into the August 2012 rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl by two Steubenville football players. He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts including making a false statement and contributing to underage alcohol consumption.

A spokesman for Ohio's attorney general says Belardine's trial is now scheduled for April 22.

The district's superintendent, technology director and another coach also pleaded not guilty. All four were indicted following a grand jury investigation.

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UPDATE 1/8/2014 12:45 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio elementary school official charged following an investigation into the rape of a 16-year-old girl resolved her case without a trial.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Steubenville Elementary School principal Lynnett Gorman will perform community service related to rape awareness in lieu of prosecution.

DeWine said Wednesday that a misdemeanor charge of failing to report child abuse or neglect will be dropped in June if Gorman completes her service.

A message was left with Gorman's attorney, Dennis McNamara. He has said Gorman was accused of failing to report a teen sex and drinking party in April 2012 unrelated to the rape of the West Virginia girl later that year.

McNamara says Gorman learned about the party second- or third-hand.

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UPDATE 1/6/2014 2:20 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A former eastern Ohio high school football player is released from a juvenile detention center less than a year after his conviction for raping a 16-year-old girl following an alcohol-fueled party.

Ma'Lik Richmond was released. His attorney, Walter Madison, says in a statement that the youth is a "better, stronger person," and requests privacy. Messages left Monday for Madison seeking further information weren't immediately returned.

Richmond was sentenced to one year in March 2013. A judge convicted him and fellow Steubenville High School student athlete Trent Mays of raping the West Virginia girl in August 2012. Mays was convicted of using his phone to take a picture of the girl naked. He was sentenced to two years.

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UPDATE 12/13/2013 12:30 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Four Steubenville school workers enter not guilty pleas to charges stemming from a grand jury investigation into other alleged crimes spurred by the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

The four include the top Steubenville school official, whose attorney promised to fight the charges and prove them unfounded.

Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove accepted the not-guilty pleas Friday in Jefferson County court and let the four remain free without bond.

Two other defendants, including Steubenville schools' former technology director, have previously pleaded not guilty and weren't present.

The attorney for defendant Lynnett Gorman, an elementary school principal, says his client is accused of failing to report information she heard about a sex and drinking party in April 2012 unrelated to the assault on the 16-year-old West Virginia girl.

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UPDATE 11/26/2013 2:50 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Steubenville City Schools places its superintendent and two other employees on leave after they were charged following an investigation prompted by the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players.

The Steubenville school board did not address the allegations against the employees and referred all questions to the state attorney general, who is leading the investigation.

The board announced Tuesday the employees were placed on leave at an emergency board meeting Monday. A former superintendent was also tapped to lead the district temporarily.

The board said its focus is making sure the district can continue to educate students.

The employees were charged with lying or failing to report possible child abuse after an investigation prompted by the rape of the West Virginia girl.

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UPDATE 11/25/2013 12:00 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A school superintendent and three more people are charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year in Steubenville.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the charges Monday in Steubenville.

The grand jury had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.

The Steubenville superintendent faces the most serious charges, including obstructing justice. A principal, a strength coach and a volunteer coach also are charged. They're accused of interfering with the investigation or failing to report possible abuse of a minor.

A judge convicted two Steubenville football players with raping the girl in August 2012.

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UPDATE 11/25/2013 11:20 AM

According to news outlets, a grand jury indicts Steubenville Superintendent Michael McVey as part of the Steubenville rape investigation.


UPDATE 11/19/2013 3:35 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio grand jury continues its investigation into whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Among issues being investigated by the Steubenville panel are whether adults like teachers or coaches knew of the rape but failed to report it as required by state law.

The panel planned to reconvene Tuesday after adjourning for the day Monday.

A judge convicted two Steubenville High School football players of raping the West Virginia girl in August 2012.

The grand jury previously charged the Steubenville city schools' information technology director with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

The panel also has indicted the technology director's daughter on theft and receiving stolen property charges unrelated to the rape case.

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UPDATE 10/22/2013 11:40 AM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio grand jury investigating whether other crimes were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped last year goes back to work Tuesday.

A chief issue before the panel meeting in Steubenville is whether adults, such as coaches or school administrators, knew of the allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.

The 14-member grand jury, which started work in late April, also met Monday.

The Steubenville schools' technology director pleaded not guilty after the grand jury charged him earlier this month with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the grand jury March 17, the day a judge convicted two Steubenville high school football players of raping the West Virginia girl in August 2012.

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UPDATE 10/9/2013 4:00 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An eastern Ohio school employee pleads not guilty to tampering with evidence and other charges brought by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl last year.

Steubenville schools technology director William Rhinaman entered the plea during Wednesday's court hearing in Jefferson County. He also asked for a public defender, saying he doesn't know whether he'll be paid while on leave following his arrest this week.

The 53-year-old Rhinaman also faces charges of obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

Prosecutors haven't outlined specific allegations against Rhinaman. He left jail after a judge released him on his own recognizance.

A judge convicted two Steubenville high school football players of raping the West Virginia girl after a party last year.

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UPDATE 10/9/2013 12:55 PM

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A court hearing is planned for an eastern Ohio school employee charged with tampering with evidence by a grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old girl raped last year.

William Rhinaman, technology director at Steubenville City Schools, has also been charged with obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury.

The 53-year-old Rhinaman was scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Court Wednesday afternoon.

Rhinaman, who is being held without bond, is expected to ask for a public defender. He has denied the accusations against him.

A judge convicted two Steubenville football players of raping the West Virginia girl after a party on Aug. 11, 2012.

The indictment announced Monday alleges Rhinaman tried to alter or conceal evidence from that date through April 25.

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UPDATE 10/2/2013 4:25 P.M.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Ohio last year will reconvene later this week.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the grand jury will meet on Friday and will likely be in session just a single day.

DeWine told The Associated Press on Wednesday there's little he can say about the panel's work except that, as with all criminal cases, his office follows the facts to see where they take investigators.

The grand jury last met in August as it investigates possible crimes around the West Virginia girl's rape by two Steubenville high school football players.

One issue is whether coaches or school administrators knew of the allegation but failed to report it as required by law.

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UPDATE 10/2/2013 12:45 P.M.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The grand jury investigating whether other laws were broken in the case of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl raped in eastern Ohio last year is five months into its review without criminal charges.

One of the chief issues before the 14-member panel is whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by Ohio law.

The grand jury convened by Attorney General Mike DeWine has met periodically since its first meeting in late April.

University of Pittsburgh criminal law professor David Harris says prosecutors can take all the time they need with a grand jury, which operates by different rules than regular juries.

DeWine says he can't give a timeline for the panel to finish its work.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he can't offer a timeline for when a grand jury will finish considering whether other crimes might have occurred in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year.

In March, a judge convicted two Steubenville High School football players of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party.

A grand jury that last met in mid-August is waiting on outside forensic work before resuming its investigation into the case. One of the key issues before the grand jury is whether adults who are required to report crimes knew early on of the rape but didn't say anything.

DeWine says he's sorry the process is taking so long but remains committed to finding the truth and making sure it is definitive.

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