NEW INFO: School Personnel from Steubenville on Leave after Indictments

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

UPDATE 11/26/13 @ 4:15 p.m.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio school district has placed 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 11/25/13 @ 1:10 p.m.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- New information is being released surrounding the new indictments in the Steubenville rape case.

Monday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine held a press conference announcing that four more people have been charged in the case.

A judge convicted two Steubenville High School football players of raping the 16-year-old girl in August 2012.

The new indictments include Michael McVey, 50, of Steubenville. McVey is the superintendent of Steubenville City Schools. He was charged with tampering with evidence, two counts of obstructing justice, falsification and obstructing official business. If convicted on all counts, he faces seven years in prison.

Matthew Belardine, 26, of Steubenville, was indicted on obstructing official business, falsification, and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child. Belardine is a former assistant high school football coach in the district. He faces a year in prison if he is convicted on all charges.

Seth Fluharty, 26, of Wintersville, has been indicted on one count regarding reporting child abuse or neglect. Fluharty is an assistant wrestling coach and special education teacher for Steubenville City Schools. If convicted, Fluharty could serve up to 30 days in jail.

Lynnett Gorman, 40, of Steubenville, has been indicted on one count regarding reporting child abuse or neglect. Gorman is the Principal of West Elementary in Steubenville. If convicted, Gorman could serve up to 30 days in jail.

In October, the grand jury previously indicted William Rhinaman, 53, of Mingo Junction, on four counts and Hannah Rhinaman, 20, of Mingo Junction, on three counts.

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UPDATE 11/25/13 @ 11:45 a.m.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A school superintendent and three more people have been 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 eastern Ohio.

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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ORIGINAL STORY 11/25/13 @ 10:03 a.m.
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's attorney general plans to discuss new developments as a grand jury investigates whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine plans a news conference Monday in Steubenville in eastern Ohio.

The issues investigated by the grand jury there include whether adults like teachers or coaches knew of the rape but failed to report it as required by state law.

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

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

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

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