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Steubenville Schools Employee William Rhinaman Charged in Connection With Steubenville Rape Case

A 53-year old school information technology employee was indicated Monday in connection with the case of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl who was raped by two Steubenville, Ohio high school football players. Additional indictments may follow.

Steubenville schools employee William Rhinaman, 53, was indicted Monday by a special grand jury on multiple charges including tampering with evidence and perjury.

The special grand jury was convened after Trent Mays, 17 at the time of the assault, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16 at the time, were found delinquent – the juvenile equivalent of guilty – of rape and other charges earlier this year, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said the grand jury’s investigation could encompass crimes such as failure to report a felony and failure to report child abuse. Testimony during Mays’ and Richmond’s trial raised questions about whether Steubenville school employees knew about the assault and attempted to shield the perpetrators from prosecution.

A school information technology employee, William Rhinaman, 53, is charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, obstructing official business and perjury, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

A spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine said the indictment against Rhinaman was not yet unsealed, so more specific facts about what Rhinaman is accused of could not be discussed Monday.

Rhinaman, who was arrested Monday, could not immediately be reached.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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