Eye on Education

Steubenville Superintendent Indicted in Connection with Steubenville Rape Case

Today a grand jury indicted four Steubenville current and former school employees and volunteers on charges related to the rape of a teenage girl last year. The charges relate to impeding the investigation into the rape, failing to report child abuse and other accusations.

Steubenville Superintendent Michael McVey faces five counts, including tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

The other people indicted include Matthew Belardine, a former volunteer assistant football coach; Seth Fluharty, an assistant wrestling coach and special education teacher; and Lynnett Gorman, the principal of West Elementary.

Not included in today’s announcement was Steubenville Head Football Coach Reno Saccoccia. Many had expected to hear something about the famed longtime coach because his name came up during trial testimony in March.

Testimony and text messages during the trial of two the athletes indicated that Saccoccia, referred to by “Big Red” football fans as “Coach Reno” was aware of the rape allegations shortly after they surfaced and before they were reported to police. The text messages read in court from Mays, who was 16 at the time, and a quarterback for the team indicated the coach was aware of the allegations. The text read: “I got Reno. He took care of it and shit ain’t gonna happen, even if they did take it to court. Like he was joking about it so I’m not worried.”

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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